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Lil Wayne hurt in St. Louis skateboard mishap

Lil Wayne appears in an undated 2010 photo posted on his Facebook page. (facebook.com/LilWayne)

August 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rapper Lil Wayne is recovering after gashing his head at a skateboard park in the St. Louis area.

The 28-year-old, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was in suburban St. Louis on Sunday for an outdoor performance at the Verizon Amphitheatre.

KTVI-TV reported that the rapper, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center's emergency room.

Though the hospital would not confirm that Lil Wayne was at the hospital, the rapper wrote about it on his Twitter account.

"The Lou was good but I busted my ... head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people," he wrote.

Lil Wayne is about to release his new album, "The Carter IV." A previous album, "The Carter III," was the best-selling album of 2008 and the Grammy Award winner for best rap album of that year. In 2010, he served time in a New York jail after pleading guilty to a weapons charge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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