Tekashi 6ix9ine was hospitalised after overdosing on diet pills and caffeine.
The 24-year-old rapper confirmed to The Shade Room that he was hospitalised on Tuesday after he took double the recommended dosage of diet pill Hydroxycut, which increased his heart rate.
Tekashi, also known as Tekashi69, claimed that the combination of weight loss supplements and the McDonalds coffee he was drinking made him ‘sweat excessively’.
The star, real name Daniel Hernandez, denied that he was taking drugs, which would break his probation rules, and is recovering following the scare.
Tekashi told the publication that he turned to the diet pills after gaining weight post-prison, saying that he weighed over 200lbs at one point.
The Gummo star said that he is hoping to lose a further 27lbs to reach his 150lb goal.
This is the second time Tekashi has taken a trip to the hospital since being freed from house arrest, after he broke his wrist in August.
The hip-hop star sustained the injury when his hand got caught in the stairway bannister after he tripped over his French bulldog Poppy in the middle of the night.
Tekashi was released from prison into house arrest in April after four months behind bars, citing concerns about coronavirus.
His house arrest ended on July 31.
The rapper was sentenced to two years in prison in December, including the 13 months he had already served, after being convicted in connection with racketeering, drug trafficking and weapons charges.
He faced a maximum of 47 years in prison, but was given a lesser sentence for testifying against one-time associates.
In an interview with the New York Times, Tekashi said: ‘We go to meet with the feds. They say, listen, do you know anybody that’s looking to harm you? Because at this point I’m not cooperating. There’s been a split, and they know it because they hear all the wiretaps.
‘So Friday morning, I do the interview at the Breakfast Club. I know the feds are monitoring me, making sure no one comes to hurt me, but I don’t know why at this point — I’m pretty scared. I’m tired.
‘‘On Sunday, I went downstairs and I said, “I need to speak to your boss.” I’m ready to snitch now.
‘The very next morning, they said, you know what, if something happens to this kid, somebody kills him, it’s on us. They took everybody down, knowing in the back of their head, this kid is about to let the whistle blow. The very next morning, I was in their office.’
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