Rap star Rick Ross put on life support: report

Rapper Rick Ross has been hooked up to a machine that is taking over the function of his heart and lungs, TMZ is reporting.

Ross was hospitalized early Thursday morning after he was found unresponsive in his Florida home by police and emergency teams, according to Billboard.

An ambulance took the 42-year-old Florida native to a hospital, where he was treated for respiratory issues.

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BALTIMORE, MD - FEBRUARY 13: Rapper Rick Ross performs live onstage at Coppin State University Homecoming on February 13, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Rapper Rick Ross is seen leaving Free Meek Mill rally on November 13, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Rapper Rick Ross performs onstage as American Eagle celebrates 40 years at its new AE Studio on October 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WANTAGH, NY - AUGUST 19: Rick Ross performs during Day One of 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on August 19, 2017 in Wantagh City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 18: Rapper Rick Ross attends a Party at Gold Room on August 18, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Rick Ross performs during the official weigh-in for WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will defend his titles against Maidana on September 13 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 01: Violet Camacho, Rick Ross attend Haute Living Celebrates Rick Ross at Marion Miami on June 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living)
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Rap artist Rick Ross performs at the 8th annual BMI Urban Awards at the Wilshire theatre in Beverly Hills, California, in this September 4, 2008 file photo. Ross sold hit albums rapping about selling crack cocaine but a revelation that he once worked as a prison guard threatened to end his career. U.S. rappers often sell songs about drugs and guns based on "real-life" stories, but increasingly some of those stories are being exposed as embellishments aimed at helping them build successful careers, experts say. Picture taken September 4, 2008. To match feature MUSIC-RAP/IMAGE REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Rick Ross (R) performs during the official weigh-in for WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will defend his titles against Maidana on September 13 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Rapper Rick Ross is seen leaving Free Meek Mill rally on November 13, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
Rapper Rick Ross arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Rapper Rick Ross performs onstage as American Eagle celebrates 40 years at its new AE Studio on October 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Officials told the Blast they considered the call serious because Ross has a history of seizures, and a 911 caller said that Ross was just “nodding his head.”

TMZ is reporting that Ross is being treated in the hospital’s cardiac unit.

Doctors are reportedly treating him with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (EMCO), a form of life support in which blood is oxygenated outside of the body before it’s pumped back into it. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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