American hip-hop artist Raz-B, who was hospitalized in China on Friday after slipping into a coma one day after he sustained injuries while trying to break up a fight at a nightclub, is off life support, and is responding to treatment, TMZ reported.
The website noted that the singer is now breathing on his own, and that his condition is stable. But, because doctors want to monitor his condition, Raz-B will be in the hospital for a few more days.
Raz-B, has a huge fan following in China, especially because he has been extensively touring the country since 2011 and has performed in cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and Nanjing, among others.
It was during one such performance in Zhejiang last week that Raz-B, whose original name is De'Mario Monte Thornton, was hit in the face with a glass bottle while trying to break up a fight that erupted at a local nightclub.
According to TMZ, he was soon rushed to a hospital where he underwent minor surgery to repair a cut on his lip, and his attacker coughed up roughly $5,000 to pay for the singer’s medical expenses.
The same day, the singer released a statement to the website saying, "F**k this s**t hurts. I have a f**king hole in my lip. Thank god I made it to the hospital."
While the injuries appeared minor, the next day, Raz-B did not wake up, and he was admitted to a nearby hospital where doctors tested him for brain activity. Sources told TMZ at the time that the situation was dire as Raz-B was constantly slipping in and out of consciousness. "He is in a coma and needs as many prayers as possible," Tony Jones, Raz-B’s publicist, told TMZ.
The 28-year-old Raz-B was a member and co-creator of the band B2K, whose final album “Pandemonium!” was released in 2002. He then went on to start his own production company, RazBeatz Entertainment, in 2007.
According to reports, Raz-B was working on his full studio album during breaks from his tour when he was hospitalized.
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.