Young Thug says he had kidney, liver failure: ‘I kinda died’

Atlanta rapper opens up about his struggles with organ failure as a result of excessive drug use

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 24: Young Thug performs onstage at night three of the STAPLES Center Concert, sponsored by Sprite, during the 2017 BET Experience at Staples Center on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

Celebrities often keep their health issues secretive for understandable personal reasons. However, every now-and-again some public figures highlight their ups-and-downs as examples for fans.

This weekend, Young Thug decided to open up about his struggles with kidney and liver failure as a result of drug use.

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During an online event, the Atlanta rapper revealed his near-death experience. According to Complex,  a virtual live stream, Offset and Friends, featured a mini-concert from Thugger as well as Rich The Kid and SAINt JHN and raised funds for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: Young Thug attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“So, I kind of just stayed in the bed and I was like, ‘Yo call the ambulance. I can’t move my body.’ Then later, when the ambulance came, I couldn’t get out of the bed,” Young Thug remembers, according to Complex.

He continues, “They had to get me out of the bed basically. I felt like my whole body was numb and I couldn’t move. I went to the hospital and I found out that I had liver and kidney failure. I sort of passed away like I kind of died. I was in the hospital for 17 days. I left the hospital, my mom didn’t trust it. So I left the hospital, went to another hospital, they was like, ‘Man, you got liver and kidney failure. You supposed to be dead. Basically, you’ve been dead.’ I’ve been killed before.”

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The Hot artist used the experience to lead into a song referencing his own death. He exclaimed “drugs aren’t good, don’t do drugs” after performing “Killed Before,” from the collaborative mixtape Super Slimey with fellow Atlanta rapper Future. 

Footage of the revue was captured and uploaded to Twitter by a Young Thug fan account @ThuggerDaily 

As for Young Thug, his use of lean is no secret. Lean, an addictive codeine-based drug is typically consumed in liquid form. He frequently raps and sings about his use of the substance.