Rapper Kanye West was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles after his doctor called the emergency services to report he was suffering a mental breakdown, news reports said Tuesday.
The musician’s personal physician Michael Farzam told police that his 39-year-old patient was “acting erratically” due to sleep deprivation and dehydration and he was concerned about his well-being, the celebrity gossip website TMZ said.
He was taken from his personal trainer’s home to UCLA Medical Center handcuffed to a gurney, as is standard procedure for psychiatric patients, TMZ said.
The “Fade” rapper’s health scare took place after he abruptly cancelled the remaining 21 dates of his “Saint Pablo Tour” on Monday following a rambling onstage tirade at the weekend against fellow artists Jay Z and Beyonce.
His wife, reality TV queen Kim Kardashian, was due to make her return to the public eye on Monday night for the first time since she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October. But she reportedly cancelled her plans and rushed to her husband’s bedside.
Meanwhile several celebrities came out in support of West on Tuesday with singer John Legend saying he could tell the father-of-two wasn’t doing well when he saw him recently.
“We were with Kim actually, you know, right before all of that, ” he fellow musician and friend told US television, referring to Kanye’s hospitalization. “I was concerned by what I saw, so hopefully he’s getting some rest and some time to figure things out.”