Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Hospitalized Following South Florida Gym Attack
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was taken to the hospital on Tuesday evening after being assaulted at an LA Fitness gym in South Florida.
The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident. No arrests have been made, and police have asked for help from the public in identifying the perpetrators.
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Lance Lazzaro, Hernandez’s lawyer, said that the rapper “was attacked in a sauna at a gym by three or four thugs who beat him up (he tried fighting back).”
He suffered cuts to his face and bruises before employees heard the fight and the offenders fled.
Hernandez pleaded guilty to gang-related activity, including racketeering, drug trafficking and firearm charges, in 2019. He faced a minimum of 47 years but received a reduced sentence of two years after cooperating with investigators and informing on other members from the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
This has led to speculation that the attack was related to Hernandez’s plea deal. Several well-known hip-hop artists, including YG, Meek Mill and 50 Cent have criticized Hernandez for serving as a witness in the Nine Trey Gangsters trial.
Hernandez first rose to prominence in 2017 after the release of his debut single, “Gummo.” His debut album, Dummy Boy (2018) peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. After being released from his shortened prison sentence, the rapper released commercial hits such as “Gooba” and “Trollz (with Nicki Minaj).”
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