Monday, November 12, 2007

Kanye West's Mother Dies as a Result of Cosmetic Surgery Complications

This news just breaks our hearts. Publicist Patricia Green has confirmed that Dr. Donda West, mother of Kanye West and and manager of the star's businesses and educational foundation, has died at the age of 58 after complications from a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Donda West was the author of Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star. She 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.

Ms. Green said: "May Donda's work and deeds be an inspiration to each of us, may we start each day knowing that support of family and community are central to purpose." [BBC] [Telegraph]

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr. West's name to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher Training Institute.


Allison K. said...

This is very upsetting to me as well. Of all of the sadness surrounding Dr. West's death, I hope it will inform some healthy discussion on the topic of cosmetic surgery and physical "perfection" when the time is right.

georgie_larose said...

This is absolutely terrible. Vibrant beautiful curvy lady gets her life stolen from her. Plastic surgeons it would seem time and again are really the only 'doctors' that I see that seem to create health problems/death that would have enver occured if they just didn't mess with the patient...Doctors that make people fatally ill repeatedly and then try to smooth over the real stats. The governemnt really needs to step up already...For every beautiful Donda there are thousands more behind the curtains suffering family's and patients alike. Enough already this stuff is not safe and is unecessary.