Kanye West's Mother Dies After Surgery
November 12, 2007 at 11:44 AM (PT)
KANYE WEST's mother has died at the age of 58 after complications resulting from surgery. DR DONDA WEST died in LOS ANGELES as the result of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the BBC, which cited her publicist, PATRICIA GREEN.
The 30-year-old hip hop star's spokesman said: "The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief." WEST is believed to have been in LONDON filming a video for his new song "Homecoming" when his mother died.
He has made no secret of his admiration for his mother, often bringing her to parties and awards shows and made reference to her on all of his albums.
On his 2005 "Late Registration" album he raps: "Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you / Let me tell you what I'm about to do, Hey Mama / I know I act a fool, but, I promise you I'm goin' back to school / I appreciate what you allowed for me / I just want you to be proud of me Hey Mama."
Although widely known as the mother of KANYE, DR. WEST had a 31-year career as an English professor, eventually chairing CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY's English department before leaving academia in 2004 to help manage her son's career.
In MAY she published the book "Raising KANYE: Life Lessons From The Mother Of A Hip-Hop Star."