Dr Dre shares update with fans after being taken to hospital

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Dr Dre said he is "doing great and getting excellent care" following reports he had been taken ill and was in hospital.

The 55-year-old rapper, producer and record label executive suffered a possible brain aneurysm and is receiving treatment at Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, according to US showbiz website TMZ.

Dr Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, shared an update on Instagram, thanking fans for their support and promising to be home "soon".

He wrote: "Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I'm doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!"

Dre was a key figure in the early 1990s West Coast hip-hop scene, rising to fame in the late 1980s as part of seminal gangsta rap group NWA.

He launched a successful solo career with 1992 album The Chronic and is a renowned record producer.

Dr Dre was instrumental in the careers of Eminem and 50 Cent.

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Rapper and music producer Dr. Dre attends the unveiling for the star of rapper Ice Cube on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Rapper Ice Cube (L) poses with music producer Dr. Dre after unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
(L-R) MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella of N.W.A. pose for a picture onstage after speaking at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (C) poses with Eminem (R) and Dr. Dre after unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Record producer Dr. Dre introduces rapper Snoop Dogg as he receives his star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (C) poses with Eminem (R) and Dr. Dre after unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Composer Quincy Jones (2nd L) poses with (L-R) Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rashida Jones and Usher after placing his hand and footprints in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Dr. Dre (C) of N.W.A. speaks onstage during the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Singer Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Young arrive for the City of Hope Gala in Santa Monica, California, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Rapper Snoop Dogg receives his star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" with Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones and Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Producer Dr. Dre arrives at the premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" in Los Angeles, California August 10, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 14. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Recording artist Dr. Dre (C) attends the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles April 2, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dr. Dre (L) and Snoop Dogg perform at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 15, 2012. The Coachella festival, which commenced in 1999 on the desert lawns of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, has grown from 25,000 attendees overall to 75,000 people a day, and has become an important platform for alternative rock, rave and electronic music acts. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Rapper and producer Dr. Dre arrives at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Snoop Dogg (R) speaks after accepting the Icon Award, as Dr. Dre watches, during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards at the Pantages theatre in Los Angeles August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Music recording artist Sean "P. Diddy" Combs (L) is congratulated by record producer Dr. Dre after accepting the Founders Award at the 24th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Rhythm and Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Record producer Dr. Dre speaks at the 24th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Rhythm and Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Eminem performs with Dr. Dre (L) at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GRAMMYS-SHOW)
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James and recording artist Dr. Dre (L) attend MLB's 2010 season opener to watch the reigning World Series Champions New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox in their American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
Dr. Dre accepts his award for Male Entertainer of the Year during the 16th annual Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles, March 20,2002. The show is being taped for later broadcast. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn GMH/ME
Pioneering "gangsta" rapper Dr. Dre led a diverse field of nominees for the Grammy Awards announced January 3, 2001 at a press conference in Beverly Hills. Dr. BK/JP
Hip Hop artists Ice Cube (L) and Dr. Dre accept lifetime achievement awards during the taping of the Source Hip Hop Awards show August 22, 2000, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. Pasadena Police shut down the taping of the show, which was to be telecast in the United States on the UPN network August 29, after a man was severely beaten in the audience.
Artist/producer Dr. Dre (L) accepts the Legend Award from rapper L.L. Cool J (C) and radio personality Big Boy during the Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, November 4, 2000. The show was broadcast live on the ABC network. EM/ME
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After news broke he was in hospital, Ice Cube, Dr Dre's close friend and former NWA bandmate, tweeted a picture of the pair together and said: "Send your love and prayers to the homie Dr. Dre."

Snoop Dogg, another close friend and key figure on the early 1990s hip-hop scene, also shared a message of support on social media.

He wrote on Instagram: "GET WELL DR DRE WE NEED U CUZ."

Dr Dre is currently locked in divorce proceedings with estranged wife Nicole.

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