Rapper Kanye West was hospitalized on Monday with a "medical emergency" after cancelling his tour, two days after a rambling onstage tirade against fellow artists Jay Z and Beyonce. The Saint Pablo Tour was set to run through December 31 but all 21 remaining shows have been cancelled owing to Kanye West being unwell, a spokeswoman for promoter Live Nation told AFP.
Hours later it emerged that the rapper, 39, was being treated at a University of California, Los Angeles clinic, with entertainment website TMZ reporting that he was undergoing psychiatric tests after being examined for exhaustion.
Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, told AFP that officers had responded to an early afternoon "call of a disturbance" at an address in Los Angeles known to be rapper Kanye West's property.
"That disturbance became a medical emergency where the fire department came and treated the individual," he said, without taking Kanye's name.
The multiple Grammy Award-winning rapper did not immediately make any personal statements and his representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
TMZ quoted an unnamed source saying the rapper was pulling out of the tour because he was exhausted.
"He's been working around the clock on fashion design, both his own line and the Adidas line," the source was quoted as saying.
Since August, Kanye has performed around 40 dates in Canada and the US, rapping above the stage on an innovative "floating" platform.
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He halted a gig in New York in the middle of his set when he was informed that his wife, reality TV queen Kim Kardashian, had been robbed at gunpoint in a hotel in Paris.
Kanye has not spoken publicly about the incident but TMZ's source said time spent away from family had added to the rapper's stress.
He cancelled several dates the following week but made a comeback in his hometown, Chicago, and performed without incident until a show in Oakland on October 22 where he described the Grammys as "rigged."
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