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50 Cent sheds more than 50 pounds

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Wait a minute. Was there a celebrity version of “The Biggest Loser” that we at Ministry of Gossip did not know about?

Bullet-scarred rapper 50 Cent released shocking new images on his Twitter account of his newly slimmed down physique that had us doing a double take.

Fiddy -- whose real name is Curtis Jackson -- went from a brawny 214 pounds to a lean 160 pounds (that’s a 54-pound weight loss. Jenny Craig may have a new spokesman on its hands!) for a role in his upcoming movie “Things Fall Apart,” in which the rapper plays a football star who is diagnosed with cancer.

The “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’” rapper looks unrecognizable in the pictures, which show the star looking gaunt after enduring a nine-week, liquid-only diet, combined with daily three-hour treadmill walks.

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“I was starving.” Now the 34-year-old is back on tour and says, “I’ve been eating. I’ll be back in shape in no time!”

-- Yvonne Villarreal

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