Kanye West Mother Dies Of Plastic Surgery

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Donda West, mother of hip hop star Kanye West has died. She was 58. Donda West, 58, was a former academic who gave her job as head of English at at Chicago State University three years ago to become her son’s manager. The mother of the hip-hop star Kanye West died in Los Angeles after complications from cosmetic surgery.

Kanye West was reportedly in London shooting a music video when he received the news of his mother’s death. The West family put out a one-line statement saying that it “respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief”. Donda West raised her son alone after her husband left when he was 3, and the two were said to be very close.

Among the lyrics: “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.” Earlier this year, she released a book called “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar. A cause of death has not been released.

She was the inspiration for the song, “Hey Mama,” on Kanye West’s 2005 album “Late Registration,” in which Kanye West 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.”

In May, Donda 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.

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.

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