Details Emerge in Death of Dr. Donda West, Kanye Issues Statement

Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, died on Saturday night (November 10) at the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey. The Associated Press reports that Dr. West was brought to the hospital by paramedics who responded to a 911 call from her home at around 7:35 p.m. Deborah Ettinger, a vice president at the hospital, says that she was not breathing when she arrived at the emergency room at around 8:00 p.m., and doctors were unable to resuscitate her. She was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. According to website TMZ.com, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams has stated that he performed a tummy tuck and a breast reduction on the 58 year-old former English professor, but has denied that her death was the result of any error on his part. Dr. Adams also speculated that Kanye’s mother may have died from a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting. Lt. Fred Corral, a spokesman for the county coroner’s office, said that initial information pointed to “complications of surgery” as the cause of death, and that an official autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday (November 14).

Adams told TMZ that Dr. West had consulted with him about the surgery for four months, and had changed her mind several times. It is not clear exactly when or where Adams performed the surgical procedure. Another Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Andre Aboolian, has also come forward and stated that he refused to perform the same surgical procedure two weeks ago because of an existing medical condition that could have resulted in a heart attack. Dr. Aboolian’s publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, says the surgeon told Dr. West that she needed to obtain medical clearance before he would be comfortable moving forward with the procedure. “He feels terrible because he said she was such a sweet lady,” Geffen said. In response, Dr. Adams told TMZ that Aboolian was “manipulating the truth to elevate his own importance,” but would not elaborate.

The West family has not commented on the cause of death, but Kanye released the following statement on Monday night (November 12):

“Kanye West, his family and friends would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and kind words that have come in from across the country since the death of his mother, Dr. Donda West.

After working in higher education for 31 years, Dr. Donda West and Kanye West co-founded the Kanye West Foundation with the mission of helping to combat the severe dropout problem in high schools across the country.

The first and signature initiative of the Kanye West Foundation is Loop Dreams. Designed to capitalize on students existing interest in hip-hop, Loop Dreams challenges students to learn more about what’s behind hip-hop culture in order to help them develop skills, express themselves creatively and be empowered.

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.”

According to KOCO Channel 5, the West family has contacted the Howard-Harris Funeral Home in Oklahoma City to make funeral arrangements. Dr. West was raised in the city and graduated from Douglass High School in 1967.

  • THE BOY FONZ PRATT

    Sad, Hope he doesnt retire. Also, hope he stops rapping about material things now…. Pratt Boys for Life!!! Cleveland, OH (216) Ohio Playa. Whats goodie to everyone on 12th st.

    • THE BOY FONZ PRATT

      im a wasteman in other words im a DOUCHEbag

    • keshia

      hope kanye west be ok because its sad to loose a love one

  • Invisible Man

    See what happens Kanye when you talk down on our President???

    • ROCboy

      invisible man you’re a piece of shit

    • George W. Bush

      you are ignorant…go KILL YOSELF!!!

    • KrazyK823

      Shut the fuck up , how can you say something like that, KAnye west never lead other people’s children to a far place across the world to fight for another nations natural resources, All he does is make music man , atleast if you don’t like Kanye’s music you can turn it off, you can not turn off this greedy war that Bush started, get your fact right dick head.

    • hjacr

      fuck bush…that aint got nuthin to do with how that lady lost her life cuz of a fucked up doctor…

    • Archie

      go jerk off invisible man you fucking retard

    • Myth

      This is the worst statement i have heard in all my years, To think you would say this is a form of retribution, for a comment, a person maid(meaning Kanye West.)that was birthed with the freedom of speech, that our worthless, war hungry, filth that we call a president was impowerd to protect.Get off G. Bushe’s wrinkeld sack’s and open your eyes to the worst American fingure in the history of our land, pathetic you crawl beneath a rock and die your worthless death…….

    • Chris S

      yeah, you really need to go play in traffic of something…..

    • SOUTHERNBREED

      Shut The Fuck Up Invisible Man!
      You A Heartless Muthafucka.
      That’s That Man’s Mother and He Told The Truth About President Bush!
      What If Your Mother Died?
      Stop Being A Bitch!

    • Mike Patch Fortworth,TX

      I’ll fuck your mother in the ass. Then shit on her, Invisible Beeyotch. How you love that, faggot?

    • Mike Patch Fortworth,TX

      oh yeah, I almost forgot fuck bush

  • A. Anderson

    Kanye,
    May God Bless you and your family. Keep your head up and know your mom is in a better place. Keep the faith and God will see you through this terrible time that you are experiencing in your life.

  • BklynBandette

    “For We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
    2 CORINTHIANS 5:1

    Stay Up Kanye …

    God Bless.

  • missile 6

    my condolences go out to him and his family. this should go to show people that it ain’t always good to try and change who you are. you just gotta be happy with what was given to you at birth. all those medicines and surgeries are not good for the health. R.I.P.

  • Mally

    Invisible Man, I just wanted to let you know I hope you die a slow and painful death for your comment. How in the hell can you make a comment like that when this man just lost his mom, you have no soul. You must be a white racist rebublican.Don’t worry on your day of judgement you will be going to hell for comment you made on Nov.13 2007 (Remeber that date because god will.) Asshole!!!!!!!!!!!!
    To the West family sorry for the lost stay strong my prayers are with you.

    • bomb

      what about his comment convinces you he’s white? that’s why people call you nigger. remember that 12 year old black girl.

  • Lous Vuitton Don Jr

    THATS real fucked up and i hope that everything is ok with him and his family.May God Bless.

  • CHI-C

    Invisible Man= ignorant cocksucker

  • Fred

    I dont think he will be rapping about fake breasts anytime soon. ” Just got a model chic through some D’s on the Beotch”.

  • http://xxlmagazine.com billi cobley

    invisible man is a cunt, why say a stupid thing like that or even think it.
    keep your head up kanye, be strong dude

  • king crip

    fuck u and your president keep ya head uo ye.

  • LOL

    fake tits isnt the same as breast reduction smartass.

  • RealTalkTalk

    From Kanye West ‘Gold Digger’

    “She went to the doctor got lypo with your money
    She walking around looking like Michael with your money
    Should of got that insured got GEICO for your money”

    RIP Miss West

  • MR. UNDISPUTED THE MOGUL

    INVISIBLE MAN, THANK GOD YOUR ASS IS INVISIBLE & KNOWBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE,I’D BEAT YOUR ASS INTO A COMA OFF GP, FOR KANYE, HIS MOM & THE REST OF US, WHO ARE GRIEVING OR KNOWS WHAT HE’S GOING THROUGH OR JUST BECAUSE OF THE DUMBASS SHIT, YOU WROTE, YOU HAVE TO BE EITHER A RACIST SKINHEAD OR A NEW MILLENIUM UNCLE TOM HOUSE NIGGER!!! EITHER WAY YOU NEED YOUR NUTS BURNED OFF WITH A BLOWTORCH!!! & “FRED” YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO READ, SHE WAS GETTIN A BREAST REDUCTION NOT AN ENLARGEMENT, IGNORANT BASTARDS!!!!
    RIP MS.WEST

    • Fred

      MR. UNDISPUTED THE MOGUL,
      Point is dude be rapping a lot about plastic surgery and his mom died from that same ish…Trust me I cant imagine what he is going through, but that has to change your perspective on material, and trivial shit. Chill out with your self righteousness, you aint schooling no one. And don’t group me with Mr. Invisible, that ignorant ish he talking.

      R.I.P. Dr. West

  • BoiBlue2007

    First and foremost, Fuck the “Invisible-Men” Of this country… My Condolences to the West Family… Very Much Fuck Bush…and to my beautiful brothers and sistas, come on… This is another prime example of why we should love ourselves as who we are, and how GOD intended us to naturally be. You are YOU…And no one else should change that…bottom line. Philly Stand Up! Bush Step Down!

  • ATLIEN

    Dear Invisible Man,

    You are a heartless piece of shit! FUCK YOU!

    RIP Mrs. West. Hold your head Kanye.

  • R.I.P 2 all lost

    yo js wantd 2 send my condolonces 2 ye n hes fam GOD bless u bruv,nw movin on 2 the invincible muthafuka yo u need ur head set in place i hope u loose ur whole fam so u realize hw painful it iz 2 loose sum1 u lv especially ur moms bitch ass punk

  • MR. UNDISPUTED THE MOGUL

    “FRED” I’M NOT TRYING TO BE SELF RIGHTEOUS, SCHOOL ANYONE OR GROUP ANYONE TOGETHER, HOWEVER 1,000′S OF WOMEN GET BREAST REDUCTIONS EACH YEAR & IT’S NOT ALWAYS TO CHANGE THEIR LOOKS BUT BECAUSE OF THE INTENSE BACK PAIN THAT THEY FEEL EACH DAY!!! I’VE NEVER HEARD KANYE RHYME ABOUT THAT. HE’S TALKING ABOUT ALL THE UNNECESSARY SHIT (BOTOX,ETC.)WOMEN DO TO TRY & LOOK BETTER! IT’S UNFORTUNATE THAT SOMEONE WOULD THROW HIS LYRICS IN HIS FACE AT THIS TIME. BIGGIE WAS GREAT & WHEN HE DIED, I DON’T REMEMBER PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HIM SHOOTING PEOPLE IN HIS RHYMES SAYING “WOW HOW IRONIC HE TALKED ABOUT SHOOTING PEOPLE & NOW HE GOT SHOT”.

    • Fred

      MR. UNDISPUTED THE MOGUL,

      You dont remember people talking about the irony in Big and Pacs lyrics related to thier deaths????
      Good point about back aches, but tummy tuck? Hope Kanye changes his view on body image and vanity. The message he is sending our young women is not healthy.

  • http://moneyeyerecords.com moneyeyerecords.com

    Ya’ll stupid mothafuckas need to stop being funny about the death of Dr. West. No matter what Kanye do and say when it comes to his music, this tragedy is on a totally different level. Show some respect and have a little class. The Money Eye family is praying for Kanye and his entire family. Stay strong dowg, even though it’s hard. And for the haters, go get a fucking life, you idle mothafuckaz.

  • Mr KCMO

    I lost my mother 7 years ago to Crack…..different circumstances same tragedy. My heartfelt condolences to Kanye and his family. I am sure with Dr. West’s intelligence, her decision to have plastic surgery was well researched and thoroughly thought through. My donation to the foundation will be made later tonight.

  • Invisible Man

    You guys need to just shut the hell up!!! You guys never in your life met this woman and also she really didnt give a piece of shit about you to begin with. In about a year you guys will forget that shes dead and will be on XXL commenting on another topic thread. So cut all the fakery out. Go take a bath dirty hoodlums. Dont mess with the Bush Admin filth buckets!!! George Bush is the best president ever!!! You guys need to “get your paper up.”

    • SOUTHERNBREED

      Now I Know Yo Dumb Ass On That Acid!
      President Bush Is The Best President? WHAT!
      It Doesn’t Matter If We Knew Her Or Not,She Is Human Just Like We All Are And She Lost Her Life.
      All We Doing Is Giving Our Condelences To The Family.
      You Don’t Have To Know Them To Do That.
      Get Off Of George Bush Nuts Invisible Man!

    • THE XTC OF RAP

      Invisible man give me ur address ? please? dirty hoodlum? you fucking crackers are the most heartless race in the world starting a fucking war and that white monkey GEORGE BUSH that should DIE.. death of thousands FOR WHAT! theres no jobs… crime rates gone up… clinton is the best president ever and please invisible man give me ur address so I CAN KILL YOUR IGNORENT ASS and i’ll do it too

    • THE XTC OF RAP

      Invisible man give me ur address ? please? dirty hoodlum? you fucking crackers are the most heartless race in the world starting a fucking war and that white monkey GEORGE BUSH that should DIE.. death of thousands FOR WHAT! theres no jobs… crime rates gone up… clinton is the best president ever and please invisible man give me ur address so I CAN KILL YOUR IGNORENT ASS and i’ll do it too

  • Myth

    Kanye i sorry you have lost a loved one, may “GOD” shine his wisdome and love upon u. So that u can make through these hard times.

  • yaboy

    invisible man stays losing

  • Rednose pit bull

    invis man got a point..and george bush didnt have shit to do with it,there plenty of people down talking him that would be killed way before her

  • tha voice

    invisible man you have no life or heart I don’t wish you death cuz nobody can’t wish death on nobody but I bet you this your life will not be easy you will never find a good job or a good life for a comment like that you’ll be sick all the time and nobody will love you you’ll get your ass kicked every day. you will have no money no nothing and you will be in the street begging for the money.

    I don;t wish you death but I will say this
    FUCK YOU,FUCK BUSH AND FUCK YOUR LIFE IT SUCKS TO BE YOU

    AND REDNOSE PITBULL FOR YOUR COMMENT I SAY THIS………………go fuck yourself

  • http://yahoo buizzy

    Man fuck this Invissible gay boy. You don’teen deserve to labeled a ma coz you’re not. On the real, Condolenses to my man Kanye and all the family. I know you loved your Mama coz your “Mama” song said it all. Keep your heard up……..

  • http://www.myspace.com/papasmurfpositivelink Alvin

    I just heard about it and I felt bad for her family and friends that was close to her, A lost in a family changes things. Take time to mourn no matter how long it take,Mr. West deserves that much

  • A

    PEACE TO THE WEST FAMILY AND GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL MS. WEST!

  • Nytebreed

    On some real talk GOD BLESS the K. West family,but for real lord please forgive me for sayin this but Invisible Man go grab the biggest gun you can find blast you fuckin head off you pussy ass bitch you’re so disrespectful. God don’t like ugly so you and G.Bush will get your in the end you ugly fuckin fag…Sorry to the West family i just can’t stand ignorance.

  • http://thesource.com theone

    Who cares.fuck that nigga and his mother.
    if my mother or anyone on this website mom died do you think the media and the news would give a rats ass?kane is rich and could care less about me or any of you or your family so why should we care about his ugly ass mother?that bitch was stupid her doctors told her she shouldnt have surgery and she still did it anyway that dumb bitch killed herself.thats the bottom line.

  • Invisible Man

    LOL @ Theone!!!! You and me are on the same page brother. Fuck Kangay!!! He is a street hoodlum who lucked his way into the celebrity life. He will never be bigger than our President. I respect Bush more than I respect this filth bucket and his mother. Republicans kick ass bastards!!!

  • ALEXIS .M. WATSON

    I’M VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOVE ONE I KNOW LOVE HER TO DEATH CHERISH THE LOVE AND SWEET MOMENTS WITH HER. I WISH I COULD BE ABLE TO COME AND SHOW LOTS OF LOVE BUT I CAN’T BUT I WILL SHOW MY LOVE NOW THIS IS MAD LOVE I CRY WITH YOU Kanye GOD BESS U AND YOUR MOTHER

  • ALEXIS .M. WATSON

    I’M VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOVE ONE I KNOW LOVE HER TO DEATH CHERISH THE LOVE AND SWEET MOMENTS WITH HER. I WISH I COULD BE ABLE TO COME AND SHOW LOTS OF LOVE BUT I CAN’T BUT I WILL SHOW MY LOVE NOW THIS IS MAD LOVE I CRY WITH YOU Kanye GOD BESS U AND YOUR MOTHER

  • inaluhr

    RIP Dr WEST
    Kanye keep on shining

  • Holiday

    there is no need to disrespect her because you think she wouldnt care about anyone else. no one is asking for your comments its optional so if someone wants to express how they feel it shouldnt be anyone elses problem.

  • Peru

    You can’t blame the doctor for her death!!! Its was cosmetic surgery, meaning OPTIONAL, and even though she was told that her life could be in serious risk she still went on with an unecessary procedure that resulted in her death, which is very unfortunate, but if anyone is to be blamed for her death its her, the overly conscious ego wouldn’t allow her to look past her physical being and she died because of it, I see where Kanye gets his ego, and I won’t pray for him cuz I don’t know the man and had he been a janitor you wouldn’t give a flying fuck either, fucking celebrity leaches!!!

  • Peru

    forgot the most important thing…FUCK BUSH!!!