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

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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.”

Dre is expected to undergo weight-loss surgery to help in curbing the disease’s effects. His surgery is expected to be featured in a reality television series that has yet to have an air date.

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This news comes only a couple of months after A Tribe Called Quest rapper, Phife Dawg, passed away at the age of 45 due to complications from diabetes. Last year, Peter Dougherty, the co-creator of Yo! MTV Raps suffered from a fatal heart attack. He was 59 at the time of his death.

Dre’s longtime friend and former co-host Ed Lover is hosting a syndicated morning radio show with hip hop legend Monie Love.

As the hip hop community grows older, we hope that many will embrace a healthier lifestyle earlier in their career. Plantinum rappers, Styles P and Jadakiss opened up a string of juice bars known as Juices 4 Life to give fresh options in neighborhoods that don’t readily have them.

Rapper Bun-B also is doing something healthy as he created a health day after his friend and former collaborator in UGK, Pimp-C died. Ice-T and Big Daddy Kane are on similar paths by doing shows and speaking out about the importance of health.

We wait to find out how the weight loss surgery will help with Dre’s mobility and overall health. Until then, we wish him nothing but the best!

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