Eminem hospitalised

Reports claim the star is suffering from a dependency on sleep medication...

EMINEM has been hospitalised suffering from a dependency on sleep medication, according to a report.

Earlier this week it was announced that the rapper would be unable to come to Europe next month for a tour which included a number of sold out dates in the UK, due to “exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues”.

Now, Reuters reports that Eminem is in hospital, but it is unclear where, and for how long this has been the case.

NME.COM was unable to contact the rapper’s UK press officer for confirmation of the story.

The Anger Management 3 Europe dates were due to start in September, with support at the shows including D-12, Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Olivia and Flipsyde.

The shows are not expected to be rescheduled.

A UK spokesperson told NME.COM: “Eminem is disappointed he won’t be able to come over to see his UK fans, and it’s unfortunate he’s had to cancel.”

Earlier in the summer it was claimed that Eminem was even considering retiring from live performance after this tour, a claim which was subsequently denied.

The star’s D-12 bandmate Proof said Eminem wanted to concentrate on production from now on. He told the Detroit Free Press that Eminem’s now cancelled show at Slane Castle, Ireland on September 17 would be his last.

“Em has definitely got to the level where he feels like he’s accomplished everything he can accomplish in rap,” said Proof. “He wants to kick back and get into the producing thing. Why not bow out while you’re on top?”

The Anger Management dates are in support of Eminem’s current album ’Encore’.