Kanye West’s mother passes away
Donda West with son Kanye West
Donda West, mother of Kanye West died following a “cosmetic procedure” in Los Angeles this weekend, her publicist has told CNN.
But Patricia Green, the publicist for Dr. Donda West, did not give details about the procedure or exactly what the cause of death was.
West died Saturday at the age of 58, confirmed a representative of West’s record label, Island Def Jam, who added that “the family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief.”
Donda West was a major influence on her son’s life, as the music producer-singer-songwriter has often acknowledged.
She was the inspiration for the song, “Hey Mama” on Kanye’s 2005 album, Late Registration.
Among the lyrics: “Hey mama/I wanna scream so loud for you/’Cause 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, Donda West released a book she co-authored called Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar.