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Rick Ross remains hospitalized in Miami


BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

Rapper/businessman Rick Ross is reportedly still hospitalized in Miami after suffering what is believed to be a heart attack.

His status has not been officially confirmed by family, but the rap and celebrity community was out in full force on social media Friday night offering prayers for Ross.

While Ross spent his formative years in Miami and still lives there, he also maintains a footprint in Atlanta. Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, owns a 54,000-square-foot Fayetteville estate previously held by Evander Holyfield.

Ross, 42, also oversees several franchise locations of Wingstop and Checkers throughout the south and in 2015, pledged to open a branch of his Maybach Music Group in Atlanta.

The rapper/entrepreneur is a regular presence in Atlanta. Last March, he performed at the V-103 Pop-Up Live concert at Philips Arena.  

His health issues have also been well documented. In 2011 he suffered a series of seizures and in interviews discussed his poor health habits. Following the seizures, Ross vowed to take better care of himself and soon lost more than 75 pounds.

Ross recently released the new song, “Florida Boy,” with T-Pain and Kodak Black. His next album, “Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill,” is expected to be released soon.


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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com.