Dr Dre came close to death after suffering a brain aneurysm last year: ‘They called my family to say their last goodbyes’

Dr Dre has opened up on his health scare (Picture: Getty)

came close to death after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2021.

The 57-year-old rap star spent two weeks on an intensive care unit last
year after suffering an aneurysm.

Dre has now revealed that his family were even invited to the hospital to say their ‘last goodbyes’.

The hip-hop icon – whose real name is Andre Young – shared: ‘They allowed my family to come in. I found out later, they called them up so they could say their last goodbyes because they thought I was outta here.’

A brain aneurysm is described by the as ‘a bulge in a blood vessel in your brain’ that can be ‘very serious’ should it burst. It’s typically caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, with symptoms including headaches and blurred vision.

Dre was under constant medical care as he recovered from the aneurysm, which he explained on the Workout the Doubt podcast.

The musician’s family were invited to say ‘goodbye’ to him in the ICU (Picture: Getty/AFP)

‘Because of what was going on in my brain, they had to wake me up every hour on the hour for two weeks to do these tests, basically looking like sobriety tests, like touch your nose, rub your heel on your calf and all that s**t’.

Prior to , Dre took to Instagram to express his thanks to his followers for their support.

‘Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes’, he wrote in January 2021, assuring them that he was ‘doing great’ and receiving ‘excellent care’ from his medical team.

‘Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!’

Dre performed at the Halftime show this year (Picture: Reuters)

Dre performed at the Halftime Show earlier this year alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar.

However, he nearly withdrew amid fears he would be labelled a ‘sellout’ because of the NFL’s attitude towards Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers star and civil rights activist.

‘I was absolutely concerned about that’, the music star admitted.

‘I actually called a couple of close friends and said, “Listen, I’m gonna pull out. I’m not going to do the show. Because I don’t know if I want that smoke. I don’t know if I want the backlash and potentially looking like a f*****g sellout or something like that”.’

Dre was eventually by rap legends Nas and .

He revealed they were ‘big reasons’ why he decided to do the show.


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