“Yo! MTV Raps” Host Doctor Dre Blind From Diabetes
Doctor Dre, co-host of MTV's iconic Yo! MTV Raps, has gone blind, due to complications from type 2 diabetes.
In an interview with the New York Times, the 52-year-old explained his struggles with the disease, resulting in not only losing his vision, but also the lose of a toe and an ankle injury over the years. And, is now just getting serious about his health.
"My stubbornness put me where I'm at. Now my energy is going to change that," Dre (born Andre Brown) told the paper. “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 also expected to undergo weight-loss surgery to help in battling the disease, which will be documented for a reality TV series he's working on with former Def Jam exec, Bill Adler.
It's unclear when Dre's reality show will air.
There's a long history of diabetes within the hip-hop community. Earlier this year, A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45, due to complications from diabetes. And in April, L.A. rap veteran 2Mex nearly died from diabetic complications... and had one of his legs amputated.