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Former B2K singer Raz-B on life support in Chinese hospital

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Former B2K singer Raz-B is unconscious in a Chinese hospital Friday, according to news reports. (Source: YouTube/B2K Vevo) Former B2K singer Raz-B is unconscious in a Chinese hospital Friday, according to news reports. (Source: YouTube/B2K Vevo)

(RNN) – Raz-B, a former member of the R&B/boy band group B2K, is on life support in a hospital in China, his publicist told TMZ.

Raz-B, whose name is De'Mario Thornton, was injured after trying to break up a fight in a nightclub on Thursday in Zhejiang, China, according to WENN.

"He is in a coma and needs as many prayers as possible," his publicist Toy Jones said.

During the altercation, Thornton, 28, was hit in the face with a glass bottle and suffered face lacerations that required multiple stitches and minor facial surgery. TMZ reports that Thornton was arrested after the club brawl, but was subsequently released and not charged before going to the hospital.

TMZ reports he was released from the hospital, but didn't wake up the next day. He was rushed back to the hospital by a backup dancer.

News reports say the singer has been slipping in and out of consciousness Friday and has been breathing with the help of a ventilator. MTV reports that doctors are checking the singer's brain activity while he's hospitalized.

This isn't Raz-B's first hospitalization while in China. In 2012, Thornton was hospitalized after tripping and falling through a glass door at a Shanghai hotel after a concert. The fall severely damaged his wrist, "destroying nerves, tendons and ligaments, exposing bone," according to MTV. Raz-B called it a "near-death experience."

Thornton was a member of the R&B quintet B2K, meaning Boys of the New Millennium, from 1998-2004. The groups' hits include Why I Love You, What a Girl Wants, Girlfriend, Bump, Bump, Bump and Gots Ta Be. The group broke up shortly after the release of the film You Got Served, for which they starred.

Thornton released his first solo single, Fire, in 2007 under his own independent production company, RazBeats Entertainment. Raz-B released a mix tape in 2010, entitled Boy 2 King, while performing in China.

According to Raz-B's official website, he released a 10-track mix tape Panic this year. Thornton has since been touring China since 2010 while recording a solo album in preparation for a U.S. comeback.

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