Yo! MTV Raps Co-Host, Dr. Dre, Is Blind Due To Diabetes

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(Photo Credit: Mark Von Holden/Getty Images)

During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Yo! MTV Raps was a show on then mostly white TV station that brought hip-hop to the mainstream suburban audience. It’s host, Ed Lover, Dr. Dre (not to be confused with the rapper/mogul) and Fab 5 Freddy would interview the hottest hip hop stars every week in their studio.

But the former Yo! MTV Raps co-host Doctor Dre, real name Andre Brown, has gone blind and lost a toe since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes over a decade ago. In an interview with the New York Times, Dre explained how he didn’t take his health seriously even after his diagnosis in the early 2000s.

But Dre has been blind for three years.

“My stubbornness put me where I’m at. Now my energy is going to change that,” Doctor Dre told New York Times. “We got young people, grown people, old, all having this. We can prevent this. We can cure this. I have an idea how to do it.”