Rick Ross has been hooked up to a machine that

‘ taking over the function of his heart and lungs …according to sources connected to the music mogul .

Rick is in a Miami area hospital getting treatment in the cardiac unit – a strong sign he might have suffered a heart attack which manifested itself as respiratory issues early Thursday morning .

TMZ broke the story . .. Rick was rushed to a hospital after a 911 caller reported he was unresponsive and ” slobbing at the mouth . ”

We ‘ re told doctors have put him on something called ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation . It ‘ s a technique used to oxygenate his blood outside of his body , before it ‘ s pumped back into his body .

It ‘ s essentially a form of life support, and a clear sign of how dire Rick ‘ s situation is right now .

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