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Report: Kanye's Mom Died of Plastic Surgery Complications

kenshuntkenshunt London, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 2,861
edited November 2007 in All Encompassing Trip
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Donda West, mother of Kanye West and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, has died, a spokesman for the rapper said. She was 58.

Donda West died Saturday night in Los Angeles, said the spokesman, who asked for anonymity because not all family members had been notified.

"The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief," the spokesman said.

Her publicist, Patricia Green, told BBC News that Donda West passed away "as the result of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure." Green gave no further details.

Donda West was known for the strong bond she shared with her son, by whose side she was often seen at parties and award shows.

Kanye West, 30, often spoke of his close relationship with his mother, who raised him alone after her husband left when Kanye was 3.

She was the inspiration for the song, "Hey Mama," on Kanye West's 2005 album "Late Registration," in which he sings: "Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you ... I appreciate what you allowed for me. I just want you to be proud of me."

Donda West frequently defended her son against critics who accused him of penning misogynistic lyrics and other purported transgressions.

"I support my baby," she said in a Chicago Sun-Times interview. "He is telling how he feels and he is speaking the truth as he sees it."

In May, she published the book "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star," in which she paid homage to her famous son.

Donda West served as chief executive of West Brands LLC, the parent company of her son's business enterprises, and as chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, an educational nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy.

Kanye West told the Associated Press in August that he and his mother worked together to devise the foundation's first program, "Loop Dreams," which helps public school students get involved in music.

"Me and my mother were discussing ways to give back and came up with the concept," he said.

Donda West worked in higher education for 31 years, before leaving academia in 2004 to help manage her son's career, according to a biography on the Kanye West Foundation's Web site.

She began working at Chicago State University in 1980 and eventually chaired the school's English department, according to the site.

She started her teaching career in the early 1970s as an instructor at Brown College in Atlanta.

Kanye West's writing partner Rhymefest lamented Donda West's death Sunday in an appearance on Chicago radio station WCGI.

"She was everyone's mom," Rhymefest said. "A spirit never dies, a spirit lasts forever


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  • rival.rival. ChicagoPosts: 7,776
    ah man, that is messed up.
  • AllieAllie Posts: 2,908
    that's sad for Kanye and his family
    and right before Thanksgiving.
    may she rip
    "...like a word misplaced, nothing said, what a waste.."
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  • NOCODE#1NOCODE#1 Posts: 1,478
    i have no pity for anyone who has elective surgery

    kind of like aliyah telling the pilot that all her luggage goes on the plane
    Let's not be negative now. Thumper has spoken
  • NOCODE#1 wrote:
    i have no pity for anyone who has elective surgery

    kind of like aliyah telling the pilot that all her luggage goes on the plane

    Your ignorance shines through again NoCode...
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    And you're not leaving here without me, I don't wanna be without
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  • soulsingingsoulsinging Posts: 13,211
    that sucks. maybe it will raise some awareness about the potential cost of cosmetic surgery. i think people tend to assume it's risk free.
  • NOCODE#1NOCODE#1 Posts: 1,478
    Your ignorance shines through again NoCode...


    darwins law more likely

    she died meaninglessly and for what ? to look better on the outside? i hope it was worth it.

    "so how'd you die?" "i was getting a face lift" *blank stares*
    Let's not be negative now. Thumper has spoken
  • How lucky is Michael Jackson?
    Progress is not made by everyone joining some new fad,
    and reveling in it's loyalty. It's made by forming coalitions
    over specific principles, goals, and policies.

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  • NY PJ1NY PJ1 Posts: 9,533
    Get Down Girl Go Ahead Get Down
  • stylo17stylo17 Posts: 1,001
    How lucky is Michael Jackson?

    if you wanna call a detachable nose lucky....
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  • NOCODE#1 wrote:
    darwins law more likely

    she died meaninglessly and for what ? to look better on the outside? i hope it was worth it.

    "so how'd you die?" "i was getting a face lift" *blank stares*

    I wasn't aware evolution was a regressive process, news to me

    Anytime anyone has general anesthesia there is a risk...

    Someone dies and you want to judge them for it :rolleyes: This was someone's mother... someone's wife.
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  • stylo17 wrote:
    if you wanna call a detachable nose lucky....

    You never know if detachable noses ever come into style....he'll be moonwalking all over that situation.
    Progress is not made by everyone joining some new fad,
    and reveling in it's loyalty. It's made by forming coalitions
    over specific principles, goals, and policies.

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  • soulsingingsoulsinging Posts: 13,211
    I wasn't aware evolution was a regressive process, news to me

    Anytime anyone has general anesthesia there is a risk...

    Someone dies and you want to judge them for it :rolleyes: This was someone's mother... someone's wife.

    it's ok, if you think someone is inferior to you mentally or genetically, it's usually pretty safe to assume they don't have any feelings worth considering.
  • rival.rival. ChicagoPosts: 7,776
    I wasn't aware evolution was a regressive process, news to me

    Anytime anyone has general anesthesia there is a risk...

    Someone dies and you want to judge them for it :rolleyes: This was someone's mother... someone's wife.

    sadly, i don't think he cares about any of that.
  • Wow, you people are heartless.
  • NOCODE#1NOCODE#1 Posts: 1,478
    I wasn't aware evolution was a regressive process, news to me

    Anytime anyone has general anesthesia there is a risk...

    Someone dies and you want to judge them for it :rolleyes: This was someone's mother... someone's wife.
    unnecessary anesthesia

    kindof asking for it

    waiting for the lawsuit
    Let's not be negative now. Thumper has spoken
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