There’s still Dre, but the rap legend says there almost wasn’t one.
After his brain aneurysm in 2021, Dr. Dre recently that his doctors didn’t think he would survive.
Earlier this week, on the Workout the Doubt podcast, the Forgot About Dre artist spoke with host Dolvett Quince that doctors invited his loved ones to his bedside because they feared his condition wasn’t improving.
“I’m at Cedars Sinai Hospital and they haven’t allowed anyone to come up because of COVID, ie visitors or family or anything like that, but they have allowed my family to come in,” he said. “I found out later, they called them so they could say their last goodbyes because they thought I was out here.”
Dre said he “didn’t know it was that serious” at the time. What he remembered was the constant check-ups and treatments he received throughout recovery.
“So I’m in ICU for two weeks,” the rapper told The Next Episode. “Because of what was going on in my brain, they had to wake me up on the hour for two weeks to do these tests. Basically looks like a sobriety test, like you’re going to touch your nose, rub your heel against your calf and all that…”
Dre reiterated that he “never felt like he was in trouble” and was genuinely looking forward to going home during that time because he was hungry, having “hadn’t eaten in two weeks.”
Immediately after being discharged from the hospital, Dre posted an update on his condition on Instagram.
“Thank you to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes,” he wrote. “I am doing great and receiving excellent care from my medical team. I will leave the hospital soon and be back home. Greetings to all the great medics of Cedars.”
Speaking to The Times in 2021, the legendary producer explained what might have caused his aneurysm.
“It’s a really weird thing,” Dre said. “I’ve never had high blood pressure. And I’ve always been a person who always cared about his health. But for some reason, something is happening with black men and high blood pressure, and I never saw it coming. But I take care of myself. And I think every black man should just check that out and make sure things are okay with blood pressure. And I will continue and hopefully live a long and healthy life. I feel fantastic.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-19/dr-dres-doctors-thought-he-might-die-2021-brain-aneurysm Dr. Dre’s docs thought he might die after aneurysm