Rick Ross has been snared to a machine that is assuming control over the capacity of his heart and lungs ... as per sources associated with the music tycoon.
Rick is in a Miami region doctor's facility getting treatment in the cardiovascular unit - a solid sign he may have endured a heart assault which showed itself as respiratory issues early Thursday morning.
TMZ broke the story ... Rick was raced to a healing center after a 911 guest announced he was inert and "slobbing at the mouth." We're told specialists have put him on something many refer to as ECMO, or extracorporeal film oxygenation. It's a method used to oxygenate his blood outside of his body, before it's pumped once more into his body.
It's basically a type of life bolster, and an unmistakable indication of how critical Rick's circumstance is at this moment.