Friday, August 16, 2013

Raz-B in Coma, on Life Support in Chinese Hospital (UPDATE: LIES! LIES! LIES!

Raz-B -- the former member of B2K, who famously outed members of the boy band and claimed, among other things, the group's manager raped him and the other members and he was forced give J-Boog a professional -- is on life support in a Chinese hospital. Soon after he made those revelations he hightailed to China, where he has been living (and touring?) since. According to reports, Raz-B (real name De'Mario Thornton) was injured while trying to break up a fight in a nightclub Thursday and is currently comatose and on life support.
"He is in a coma and needs as many prayers as possible," his publicist Toy Jones said. During the altercation, Thornton, 28, was hit in the face with a glass bottle and suffered face lacerations the required multiple stitches and minor facial surgery. TMZ reports he was released from the hospital, but didn't wake up the next day. He was rushed back to the hospital by a backup dancer. News reports say the singer has been slipping in and out of consciousness Friday and has been breathing with the help of a ventilator. MTV reports that doctors are checking the singer's brain activity while he's hospitalized. This isn't Raz-B's first hospitalization while in China. In 2012, Thornton was hospitalized after tripping and falling through a glass door at a Shanghai hotel after a concert. The fall severely damaged his wrist, "destroying nerves, tendons and ligaments, exposing bone," according to MTV. Raz-B called it a "near-death experience." Thornton was a member of the R&B quintet B2K from 2002-2003. [...] Thornton has [...] been touring China since 2010 while recording a solo album in preparation for a U.S. comeback.

source: WLBT
Get well soon.

Update, Aug 20: Forget what you read, above, because the story was a hoax crafted by Raz-B and his brother.

An online media report that R&B singer De'Mario "Raz B" Thornton was in a coma in China was a hoax, according to his agent. The R&B singer was hurt in a nightclub brawl near Shanghai, but his injuries were not serious, manager Elayne Rivers told CNN Monday. "The comments about Raz being in a coma did not come from his official representative," Rivers said. The singer's brother, who performs under the name Ricky Romance, said in a statement sent to CNN Monday afternoon that he had been "misled by unknown reasons. I was unfortunately unable to contact my brother at the time and then panicked," Romance said. "I then alerted as many people of this information hoping to gather facts... Since the source that gave me this information was what I thought to be legitimately reliable I didn't question I just believed. I apologize if I seem like I jumped to conclusions but a coma is a serious situation and it was concerning my brother whom is my best friend as well. I sincerely apologize for the confusion I caused if that is the case." A celebrity news website first reported the original member of the boy band B2K was in a coma Saturday, identifying its source as Toy Jones. Although Jones gave CNN the same information Sunday, she declined to give the name of the hospital -- only saying it was in the Zhejiang province near Shanghai. Several hours later, Jones sent CNN a written statement saying the singer had miraculously recovered from the coma and would be released from the hospital in days. The unedited statement reads: "Doctor says Numerous Brain scans showed that Raz's entire cortex- the parts of the brain that give us consciousness, thought, Memory and understanding is now functioning. Doctors say its a miracle and told his family that he stands a strong chance of survival and no signs of being brain dead for the rest of his life against all odds,Raz woke up this morning and is in stable condition We ask the the fans and media respect our family's privacy" CNN chose not to report the story until the story until details could be confirmed by the U.S. State Department, officials at the U.S. embassy in China or Chinese officials. Raz B also reached out personally to CNN in an e-mail asking that nothing be published. Rivers sent a statement distancing the singer from the coma report on Monday. When CNN asked Jones about the statement, she said "as far as I know it is true" that he was in a coma. She said she was hired by Raz B's family to get the story out to the news media. Dozens of news agencies around the world -- including in China -- repeated the coma story, giving Raz B more publicity in one weekend than he's likely had since his group disbanded nine years ago.

source: CNN
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