According to NBC News, sources close to the rapper said he was under observation at a Los Angeles medical center Monday night, just hours after he canceled the remaining dates of Saint Pablo Tour. Office Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section told Complex that L.A. law enforcement responded to a medical welfare call at about 1:20 PT on the 800th block of N. Laurel Ave. Though the police found no indication of criminal activity, officers deemed the situation a “medical emergency” and called the fire department to transport West to the hospital. He was reportedly admitted for his own “health and safety.”
West’s camp has yet to release any statements.
Prior to his hospitalization, West was facing a wave of backlash for several rants made during his Saint Pablo shows. Last week, he shocked fans by proclaiming his support for president-elect Donald Trump, who has been widely criticized by the hip-hop community for his divisive rhetoric. During a following show in Sacramento, the rapper verbally attacked Jay Z and Beyoncé, suggesting the only reason why “Formation” won Video of the Year at the 2016 VMAs is because Beyoncé gave MTV an ultimatum. His rant, and the fact that he ended the show after performing three songs, led to outrage among the crowd, many of whom began booing and chanting “Fuck Kanye.”
Two days after the Sacramento stop, West’s team confirmed that he was ending his Saint Pablo tour. Sources told TMZ that West wassuffering from exhaustion and was finding it increasingly difficult to continue his tour while also working on his fashion collections and trying to spend time with his family.
On Monday night, West’s wife Kim Kardashian was set to make her first public appearance since she was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris apartment in October; however, following her husband’s medical emergency, the reality TV mogul announced she would not attend the Angel Ball in New York City, which honored her late father, Robert Kardashian. Kim’s siblings Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian as well as her mother Kris Jenner, reportedly attended the event.
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