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Dr. Dre says he suffered three strokes while hospitalized for a brain aneurysm

Famous hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre said he had three strokes while hospitalized for brain aneurysm three years ago.

In an interview on SiriusXM's “This Life of Mine with James Corden,” Dre, 59, explained how his condition worsened significantly after being hospitalized for pain behind his right ear.

“The next thing you know, I passed out. I was in and out of consciousness and I ended up in the ICU. I was there for two weeks,” Dre said. “I hear the doctors coming in and 'You don't know how lucky you are.'”

Dre, real name Andre Young, was an original member of NWA and is a music producer and entrepreneur. He has produced some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, The Game and Kendrick Lamar.

Dre said he suffered three strokes in those two weeks. The artist was also informed that he suffered from high blood pressure, which he said was a surprise since he maintained a healthy lifestyle.

“I lift weights, I run, I do everything I can to stay healthy. I said, 'Would it have prevented this if I had worked a little harder or if I had ate differently or something?” 'It's like no, it's hereditary,' he said.

The experience made Dre appreciate being alive, he said.

“When you go through that situation, it’s crazy, especially when I was coming home from the hospital because maybe it couldn’t have happened,” the artist said. “I don't know. It's crazy, so now I know I had no control over it. It's just something that could happen out of the blue.”

Dre was hospitalized with a brain aneurysm in a Los Angeles area hospital in 2021, his lawyer told NBC News at the time.

“Thank you to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes,” Dre wrote in a message job on his Instagram on January 5, 2021. “I am doing great and receiving excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Thank you to all the great professionals at the health of the Cedars.”

The multiples Grammy Award-winning artist and producer must receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday.


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