Dr. Dre’s Tragic Loss of Two Brothers


Creative people use their emotions and personal experiences to create their work. Dr. Dre, entrepreneur, producer, and rapper, has experienced this same thing. The tragic loss of this music powerhouse’s two brothers, Jerome and Tyree, has emerged in his art, sometimes in openly heartrending ways. Dr. Dre appears to have turned sorrow into a positive force within his life.

Dr. Dre’s Brother Jerome Died Of Pneumonia When Dre Was Only 1 Year Old

Jerome Crayon was Dr. Dre’s half-brother—the son of Dre’s mother, Verna Young, and Curtis Crayon. Verna was previously married to Dre’s biological father but the two separated in 1968. Tragically, Jerome died from complications from a bout with pneumonia in his infant years. Dre was only one year old at the time of Jerome’s death, but it affected him greatly.

His half-brother Tyree died after being attacked in 1989

Dr. Dre’s other half-brother was Tyree Crayon, whose mother was also Verna Young. Tyree was 21 when he was attacked by an unknown attacker in Compton. Tyree suffered a fractured neck which tragically led to his death.

Tyree’s death is still cloaked in mystery all these years later. Tyree was speculated to have been affiliated with The Crips, but aside from a few sketchy facts, little has emerged about what led to Tyree’s fatal injury.

Crime website SavagewatchSet out to find long-awaited answers2021. They reached out to many agencies including the Los Angeles Sheriff Department, the Los Angeles Police Department Cold Case Unit, and the Compton Unit of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, plus state offices that deal with criminal matters. After all that digging, nothing of substance was unearthed that clarified Tyree’s fate or pointed to the identity of his attacker(s).

One can only guess at the feelings Dr. Dre must have if no one has ever or will ever be held accountable for Tyree’s death. He revealed how much he loved Tyree. An interview with blackdoctor: “My brother was my best friend…He was my life.”

Dre has turned his pain into art

The lyrics to his song are here “The Message,”Dr. Dre once again expressed his brotherly, unending affection for Tyree:

                 “Crying, pouring out my heart, pouring out liquor behind it
                    We fought like brothers, something we never should do
                    We coulda used time spent arguing telling the truth
                    He had talent too—I had plans on watching him grow
                    Don’t know what hurts more—seeing him leave, or watching him go”

He said The Times LondonHe believes that his loss has driven him to creativity and has avoided therapy out of fear that it might damage his rap.

“’There’s this certain pain that I feel—and I don’t know if it’s because of my brother’s death, or (other) deaths in the family—but it’s this thing,’”He told the story The Times [of London].”

“I’m not sure if I should get rid of it. I don’t know if that’s where my talent lies, or my passion lies for what I do,”He explained. “I’ve been actually asked to talk about it and go to therapy and what have you, but I’m not sure that’s something I wanna do. Because I don’t think I should change it.”

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