Kanye West Reportedly Hospitalized in Los Angeles for Exhaustion

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Kanye West. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar

After a week of increasingly erratic behavior, Kanye West has reportedly been checked in to a Los Angeles hospital for "exhaustion." An anonymous representative for West tells the New York Times that West's doctor made a call from West Hollywood to police and that West was willingly taken to U.C.L.A. Medical Center for observation after a "medical emergency." According to a police report obtained by TMZ, West's doctor requested that Kanye be put on a 5150 psychiatric hold after he allegedly attempted to assault a staff member at a gym, though it's unclear whether that hold was actually placed. The doctor claims West suffered from "temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration." NBC News first reported that a “a source familiar with the case said Los Angeles police responded to a medical welfare call at about 1:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. ET). No criminal activity was involved; the decision to hospitalize West was for his own health and safety.”

On Monday, the remaining dates of West’s Saint Pablo Tour were canceled. His final tour date would have been last night in Los Angeles, a makeup show for the performance he called off on November 3, but he pulled the plug on the event three hours before showtime. West’s past few concert stops have been more unpredictable than usual, with the rapper stopping performances to give extended lectures covering everything from politics to race relations to commerce. In an exceptionally out-of-character move, he even called out Beyoncé and Jay Z for perceived slights against him, and implied that Jay Z had a team of hit men prepared to kill him. At a date in Sacramento a few days ago, he shut down the show after just 30 minutes onstage.

It’s been a challenging time for West of late, as his wife, Kim Kardashian, was held at gunpoint and robbed in early October. Kardashian herself has been very scarce since the incident, but West returned to touring just a few days later.

This post has been updated throughout.