Kanye West's mom dies at 58

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kanye-west.jpgKanye West's mother and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, 58-year-old Dr. Donda West died suddenly last night reports have confirmed.

According to multiple sources, West was in Los Angeles and her death may have been the result of complications from a surgical procedure; Patricia Green, Dr. West's publicist, told CNN on today, Monday (November 12) that the surgery was cosmetic but did not provide further details.

According to AllHipHop.com, a representative from family issued the statement, "The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief."

Kanye West chronicled his love for his mother in 'Hey Mama', a song from his 2005 album Late Registration.

In the song, Kanye 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)."

West eventually performed the song in front of his mother and Oprah Winfrey on the TV host's highly rated show.

RaisingKanyeDondaWest.jpgAlthough she was renown as Kanye West's mother, Donda West had achieved much on her own.

She served as the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, but retired to act as Kanye's manager. She was an English professor for 31 years.

Earlier this year, she released a book called Raising Kanye, which chronicled her journey of raising her son.

Kanye's mom death has impacted her hometown in Chicago and already there is an outpouring of love.

Kendra G, a Morning Show co-host at Power 92 in Chicago shared in the rapper’s grief, "The city of Chicago is hurting for Kanye West and his family. We know how much he loved and valued his mother and we
just ask other cities to join us in prayer for Kanye," she said.

The Yardflex family also sends their condolence to Kanye West and his family.

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