UPDATE 8/20/13: Raz-B's manager claims that TMZ's report of any coma or life-threatening injuries is false. "The comments about Raz being in a coma did not come from his official representative," manager Elayne Rivers told CNN. While the singer was hospitalized in China following an attack with a bottle, his injuries stemming from the assault were minor.
UPDATE 8/19/13: Raz-B is off life support after coming out of his coma on Sunday, August 18. TMZ reports that the singer will remain at the hospital in China where he has been treated since last week's attack, but he is breathing without a ventilator and is responsive and smiling at this point.
After being smashed in the face with a bottle on August 15, R&B singer Raz-B didn’t wake up Friday morning, reports TMZ. He is in a coma and “needs as many prayers as possible,” says his publicist Toy Jones.
Raz-B was performing at a club in China on August 15 when a fight broke out in the crowd. When Raz went to break up the scuffle, he was hit in the face with a glass bottle.
Both the bottle-wielder and Raz were taken to jail with the police releasing the singer once they realized he was not at fault, says TMZ. Reportedly, the attacker paid Raz $5,000 to cover medical expenses, which included minor surgery for a gash in his lip.
Sadly, though, that wasn’t the end of the ordeal. The morning after, Raz didn’t get up, and his backup dancer quickly rushed him to a nearby hospital. TMZ reports “doctors tested [him] for brain activity and determined the situation was dire,” with Raz breathing from a ventilator and “slipping in and out of consciousness.”
Raz, whose birth name is De'Mario Monte Thornton, co-founded boy band B2K. You may remember them as the stars of the 2004 street dancing movie You Got Served. They also worked with X Factorhost Nick Cannon on the 2003 single “Feelin’ Freaky.”
The artist has been living in China for the past three years, TMZ adds, with plans to return to the United States by the end of the year “to focus on a ‘big comeback.’”
Our thoughts are with Raz and his family as they pray for his condition to improve.