Rap's Rick Ross treated in Fla. for medical issue

By the Associated Press | October 14, 2011 | 2:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Rick Ross suffered a medical emergency during an airline flight that forced the plane to return abruptly to a Florida airport.

Authorities say Ross suffered the unspecified problem aboard a Delta Air Lines flight about 1 p.m. Friday. The flight was on its way to Memphis. Ross was scheduled to perform later Friday at the University of Memphis basketball team's "Midnight Madness" event.

Officials say the flight landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was met by paramedics. Officials say he was conscious and breathing. Ross was then taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

A Memphis official says Ross called and promised he would still make the "Madness" event.

Ross has several gangsta rap hits, and a new album is due out in December.