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Dr. Dre Says He Had Three Strokes After Brain Aneurysm in 2021

Dr. Dre opened up about his 2021 brain aneurysm during his recent visit to SiriusXM’s The Life of Mine With James Corden, saying that he had multiple strokes while in the hospital.

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“It’s just something that you can’t control that just happens and during those two weeks,” Dre said to Corden on Thursday (March 14) while speaking of his hospitalization, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I had three strokes.”

Dre recalled going to the hospital after he woke up with a feeling behind his right ear that turned into “the worst pain.”

“I got up and I went on about my day, and I thought that I could just lay down and take a nap,” he said. “My son had a female friend that was there and was like, ‘No, we need to take you to the hospital.’ So they took me to urgent care.”

He continued, “Next thing you know, I’m blacking out. I’m in and out of consciousness, and I ended up in the ICU. I was there for two weeks. I’m hearing the doctors coming in and saying, ‘You don’t know how lucky you are.’”

The music mogul received treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He thanked his medical team for providing “excellent care” in a statement in 2021.

Although Dre asked doctors what he could’ve done to prevent the aneurysm, “nobody could give me an answer,” he said. “I had no idea that I had high blood pressure or anything like that because I’m on my health s—. I’m lifting weights, I’m running, I’m doing everything I can to keep myself healthy.”

“High blood pressure in Black men, that’s just what it is. They call it the silent killer. You just have no idea, so you know, you have to keep your s— checked,” said Dre.

Dre said his experience “definitely makes you appreciate being alive, that’s for sure.”

The full The Life of Mine With James Corden episode with Dr. Dre is available on SiriusXM. As previously reported, Dre also chatted about Eminem, calling him “the best emcee ever. Point blank, period. Of course, there are going to be arguments about that because he’s a white guy. I don’t think anyone that’s rapping can touch Eminem on that microphone.”

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