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Rapper Rick Ross was hospitalized Friday night in Birmingham, Ala., after suffering his second medical scare on a plane in one day while trying to fly to Memphis, Tenn., for a concert.
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updated 10/14/2011 11:05:36 PM ET 2011-10-15T03:05:36

Rapper Rick Ross reportedly suffered a second medical emergency on a plane Friday while traveling to Memphis to perform at a college basketball kickoff.

The Miami-based artist's private jet to Tennessee was forced to land in Birmingham, Ala., when he suffered a seizure, NBC station WTVJ of Miami reported. It was the second time in six hours a plane carrying the performer diverted due to concerns over his health.

The first incident happened on board a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Memphis, prompting the pilot to return to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Hours later, Ross tweeted "Memphis here I come", and posted a video of himself in apparent okay health on board a private jet, promoting his upcoming album and an appearance at a Wing Stop restaurant.

"There was a private plane that was routed here for medical purposes," a representative of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport confirmed to E! Online.

Rapper Yo Gotti, who was to perform with Ross, went on in his place at Memphis Madness at FedExForum, said the University of Memphis, which was holding its 2011-12 basketball season kickoff.

Rapper has medical scare on flight

Memphis coach Josh Pastner told the crowd on Friday evening that a private jet carrying Ross made an unscheduled landing in Birmingham after the singer had another medical problem.

"On his way to Memphis," Pastner said, "he had to make another emergency landing, in Birmingham. He got really sick again, and they had to rush him to the emergency room."

The rapper's health first made news Friday morning when Delta Airlines flight 1310 reported a medical emergency shortly after its 12:21 p.m. takeoff and returned to the airport, confirmed Broward County Aviation spokesman Greg Meyer.

Broward Fire Rescue officials said an adult male was treated with "advanced life-support care," on scene and was transported to Broward General Medical center.

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Unconfirmed reports suggested the Carol City native — real name William Leonard Roberts II — suffered a seizure, but friends shortly took to Twitter to confirm Ross was stable.

"I just talked to Ross," tweeted rapper Wale. "He's 100 percent okay."

"Yo [Rick Ross] is straight," messaged artist Meek Mill, who is signed to Ross' Maybach Music Group label.

Friday morning, Ross tweeted his excitement about the weekend.

"Headed to Memphis," he wrote. "M-Town will be on fire tonight with the Boss and UofM Memphis Madness."

The Miami-based gangsta rapper gained fame with his husky voice and lyrics that spotlighted the grimier side of Miami life. He has become one of rap’s most popular figures in recent years.

He has a new album titled "God Forgives, I Don’t," due out in December.

The rapper's hits include "Aston Martin Music," "B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast)" and "Hustlin'."

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