Rapper Kanye West's Mother Dies During Plastic Surgery

Celebrity News Nov. 12, 2007 AT 7:53AM
Kanye and Donda West anye West with his mother Donda West prior to signing copies of "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From The Mother Of A Hip-Hop Superstar" at Waterstones on June 30, 2007 in London. Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.com

Donda West, mother of Kanye West, died Saturday, a spokesman for the rapper tells Usmagazine.com. She was 58.

A rep tells BBC News that she passed away in L.A. from "complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure." No more details were given.

"The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief," a rep tells Us. Donda -- a former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department who raised the rapper, 30, by herself since he was -- was the inspiration for his track "Hey Mama" on his 2005 album Late Registration.

He wrote: "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."

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