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US rapper Kanye West has been taken to hospital following an emergency services call, media reports say.

A police spokesperson told the BBC they had received a "disturbance call" on Monday afternoon, but did not name the singer. The disturbance was later deemed a medical incident, he said, and the fire department responded.

"At 13:20 Pacific Time, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an unspecified medical aid request," a spokesperson for the service said. "An adult male described as medically stable was taken to an area hospital for further assessment."

West's wife Kim Kardashian West was photographed getting off a private jet at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles a few hours after he was taken to hospital.

Further details of the incident naming West varied in conflicting reports from multiple news sources.

NBC News said officers had been responding to a "medical welfare call" and the decision to hospitalise West was for his own health and safety, citing "multiple authorities familiar with the case".

Gossip website TMZ said that West was taken to hospital for "psychiatric evaluation" and had been seeking treatment for "severe sleep deprivation".

The Los Angeles Times reported that there had been a 911 call from the address, citing a fire department source.

Neither West nor his representatives have made an official statement about the incident.

Before news broke of West's hospital treatment, Kardashian West's mother, Kris Jenner, spoke to US media about the rapper's reasons for cancelling his shows.

"He's exhausted, he's just really tired. He's had a gruelling tour and it's been a grind so he just needs some rest," she told US TV show Extra.

Kardashian West was expected to appear at a New York City social event on Monday - her first public appearance since she was robbed in Paris in October - but she did not attend.

The rapper had cancelled all remaining dates on his current tour after abandoning a Sacramento performance at the weekend.

He had performed just three songs on Saturday night, before embarking on an unscripted rant, criticising Facebook, Jay Z and Hillary Clinton.

He criticised Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg for failing to give him $53m (£42.5m) to get out of debt and said he was hurt that Jay Z failed to visit his family after last month's robbery.

West then appeared to suggest that Jay Z employed hit men, saying: "Jay Z, I know you got killers, please don't send them at my head."

"Get ready to have a field day, press, because the show's over," he said, as he dropped his microphone and walked out.

His promoter, Live Nation, has announced refunds for all tickets from the show.

No reason has been given for the cancellation of the remaining dates.

#PrayForYeezus...:'( 

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Kanye has now been completely removed from the Roc Nation website, suggesting he's now been dropped by his label. :'( This is just going from bad to worse...I can't help but feel bad for Kimye over the past few months.

7 hours ago, Woodcrest said:

Malik Yusef claimed Ye had some mental issues going on in April but nobody really thought twice about it, sounds like he was right

Hope he finally gets the help he needs and a team that won't exploit him, it's hard seeing your idol fall from grace but sometimes it's necessary for them to get better :\ 

I really hope he does get better... :'( He's an amazing artist and he has the potential to be a really nice person as well when he's in the right frame of mind. I hope he pulls through and comes back better than ever. <3 

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