Kanye West's Mother Dies After Surgery

Complications developed following cosmetic procedure
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2007 10:30 AM CST
Rapper Kanye West arrives at the "Us Weekly Hot Hollywood 2007" party in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kanye West's mother died in Los Angeles Saturday after complications developed following a "cosmetic procedure," her publicist said today. Dr. Donda West, 58, a retired English professor, inspired the hip-hop superstar's 2005 hit "Hey Mama." No cause of death was released, and the family requested "privacy during this time of grief," CNN reports.

Donda West resigned the English department chair at Chicago State University in 2004 to become her son's manager. She was the co-author of this year's Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar. "She was everyone's mom," said Kanye's artistic collaborator Rhymefest.