Slim Shady may not be known as such for much longer. The rapper's weight is said to have surpassed 200 lbs (90 kg, but not confirmed whether it's true), which may be the least of his health concerns.
According to TMZ, Eminem was rushed to a Detroit-area hospital over the holidays due to a serious heart condition and pneumonia.
This health scare comes just a month after Eminem's mom, Debbie Nelson, released a book where she claimed her son had lost control of his life.
A representative for Eminem reportedly told TMZ: "Over the holidays, Marshall Mathers, p.k.a. Eminem, was under doctor's care at a Detroit-area hospital for complications due to pneumonia. He has since been released and is doing well recovering at home." At press time, label reps had not responded to MTV News' requests for comment.
Eminem has largely been off the radar since the release of his Shady Records official mixtape, The Re-Up, in December of 2006. The last time we heard from him was on September 12, when he phoned into radio host Angie Martinez's afternoon show on New York's Hot 97 while she was interviewing 50 Cent. Em called to support his artist and friend. When asked about his own projects, Em described himself as being "in limbo" but said he is always in the studio working. However, he also told Martinez that he wasn't sure if or when he would be putting out a new LP, although he did seem excited about the prospect of releasing music from his artists.
"It feels good right now, the energy of the label," he said. "For a while, I don't wanna go back to the negative stuff. ... Going through some personal things, coming out of those personal things, it feels good."
However, apart from 50 Cent, the only project Shady Records released last year was an EP by new artist Cashis. The long-delayed debut of Atlanta spitter Stat Quo still has not been released, and D12 members have pursued solo projects, like Bizarre's independently released Blue Cheese & Coney Island.
It's been long speculated in the industry that both Eminem and D12 would put out projects this year � there was even a fake album floating around the Internet. However, no official announcement has been made by Shady Records regarding its 2008 releases.
Source: SOHH & MTV
Get well Em, your fans are with you!