WTF?! Raz B "Coma" Story Was Reportedly A Hoax By A FAKE Publicist
And there's more drama in the Raz B alleged coma & hospital situation. But the good news is, he's doing way better than the public was led to believe. Details on an alleged fake publicist creating the coma hoax and what that "publicist" says now...
This past weekend, TMZ broke the news of Raz B slipping into a coma after he was smashed in the face with a bottle during his performance in China. The site stated they were told this information by Raz's publicist, Toy Jones. And apparently, Toy sent the statement to many sites, with a follow up statement about him no longer needing life support.
But now, CNN says even though they received the same "coma" statement, Raz's manager Elayne Rivers now tells them the story was completely false. And Toy is not "an official representative" of the singer.
People, including us, were shocked to hear that Raz randomly slipped into a coma right after the initial report said he had gone to the hospital to get his lip stitched up and he was A-OK.
Rivers told CNN that while Raz was indeed involved in a nightclub brawl near Shanghai, he was not in a coma. CNN also says they received a personal email from Raz once the coma story broke, asking them NOT to run it. And Elayne Rivers sent an official statement to the site yesterday (Monday) distancing her client from the coma story.
The interesting part about all this is Toy's response once CNN asked her about her "false" statement:
When CNN asked Jones about the statement, she said "as far as I know it is true" that he was in a coma. She said she was hired by Raz B's family to get the story out to the news media.
Even more interesting? Raz's own brother, Ricky Romance, also was told his brother was in a coma. And he says based on the source (and we assume this is someone who he trusted and knew) who told him Raz was in a coma...and since he was unable to reach his brother....he believed it as well.
"I was unfortunately unable to contact my brother at the time and then panicked," Romance said. "I then alerted as many people of this information hoping to gather facts... Since the source that gave me this information was what I thought to be legitimately reliable I didn't question I just believed. I apologize if I seem like I jumped to conclusions but a coma is a serious situation and it was concerning my brother whom is my best friend as well. I sincerely apologize for the confusion I caused if that is the case."
Hmmm. Singers, esp. those not in the everyday limelight, can and do change representatives often. And sometimes, reps are hired by certain people on the team and not everyone is made aware. So, either this Toy Jones person is a total fabrication all together, or Raz's family is not in proper communication with Raz's management about who can speak "officially."
Bottom line: Raz B is A-OK.