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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