Rapper Hitmaka, whose real name is Christian J. Ward, sparked concern for singer Jeremih‘s health after sharing a cryptic post Instagram asking for prayers that he’ll pull through. Hitmaka noted that he had received Jeremih’s mother’s blessing before sharing his post on social media.
Shortly afterward, Twitter flooded with comments wondering what was wrong with Jeremih, 33, before rapper 50 Cent appeared to answer fans’ questions. He tweeted, “pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid s*** is real.” On Instagram, 50 Cent also revealed that Jeremih was “in ICU in Chicago.”
Sources told TMZ that Jeremih is not doing well and that his “prognosis is bleak.” Sources also told the outlet that Jeremih’s condition has continued to worsen, and that he’s been put on a breathing ventilator.
Hitmaka was the first to post about Jeremih on November 14. The rapper shared a photo of Jeremih, whose full name is Jeremy Phillip Felton, and wrote, “I need everyone to pray for my brother @jeremih this message is posted with his mothers blessings.” On his Instagram stories, Hitmaka wrote, “My dawg changed my life he gone pull thru pray for @Jeremih.”
In a second message on his Instagram stories, “We need that energy,” Hitmaka wrote with the praying hands emoji. “Pray for my brother he gone shake back.”
wtf is he TALKING ABOUT BRU?? WHAT HAPPENED TO JEREMIH? pic.twitter.com/bdO1rnfbTS
— victor (@victormayy) November 14, 2020
Numerous celebrities such as Torae, Trina, Eric Bellinger, Bryan Michael Cox, and Tank commented on Hitmaka’s post with encouraging messages. Hitmaka and Jeremih both appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, and during a 2019 interview with Power 105.1 the rapper said, “Jeremih is always gonna be my favorite person to work with because he changed my life.”
Chance the Rapper Tweeted Jeremih Was ‘Ill Right Now’ & Asked for Prayers
A few hours after Hitmaka shared his concern for the Grammy-nominated singer on Instagram, Chance the Rapper asked his 8.3 million followers on Twitter for prayers as well. He tweeted, Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now. I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him.”
Prayers up, praying for your strength @Jeremih 🙏🏾
— Sean Don (@BigSean) November 14, 2020
Rapper Big Sean also tweeted asking for prayers for Jeremih.
Users Online Flocked to Twitter to Find Out What’s Wrong With Jeremih
2020 better leave Jeremih alone! https://t.co/huIkKbFBQk
— princessRACHEL 💋 (@Yesbitchimher) November 14, 2020
Pray for Jeremih?! The way my nerves set up and how wild 2020 been I need to know tf is up
— Ayesha Go (@itsayeshago) November 14, 2020
Im hoping Jeremih is okay :(
— chakra khan🧚🏾♀️ (@beebssaid) November 14, 2020
— IG: fifer27jlo (@fifer27jlo) November 14, 2020
The frustration of not knowing whether or not the R&B hitmaker was okay or not was frustrating for many people. One person tweeted, “Jeremih is a celebrity, if it is a private matter it should have been left as that. Telling people to pray without giving a reason causes nothing but worry.”
After seeing 50 Cent’s tweet, another person wrote on Twitter, “Jeremih is a legend dawg I’m so sad he sick. I hope he makes a full recovery.”