Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has a potentially fatal blood clot, according to reports.
The mogul, who is in custody on a murder charge, was taken to a hospital complaining of chest pains following a court appearance on Tuesday (February 3).
TMZ reports that the cause of the pain is a blood clot which, it speculates, is a result of him being shot multiple times in 2014. Knight is reportedly now being treated with blood thinners at Long Beach Memorial hospital in California, where he is being kept under police watch.
Knight was charged with one count of murder and attempted murder earlier this week, relating to an incident on January 29 in which a man was killed and another injured. At the time, police said a red pick-up truck hit two men, a 55-year-old and a 51-year-old, in the car park of a California fast food restaurant, and then drove away.
Knight faces a life sentence if convicted. His $2m (£1.3m) bail was revoked, with a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department citing “possible flight risk, three-strike candidate, possible witness intimidation issues and [Knight’s] criminal past” as reasons for the reversal.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Knight’s lawyer admits it was his client behind the wheel of the vehicle at the centre of the investigation, he claims that the incident was unintentional.
“We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated,” James Blatt said. “He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two [other] individuals. He was in his car trying to escape.”
Knight has suffered blood clots before. It was reported in November 2014 that he was treated for a blood clot in his lung after collapsing in prison. He was being held at the time on suspicion of stealing a paparazzo’s camera in Beverly Hills.