View Full Version : Breaking News: Kanye West’s Mother Dies Suddenly

11-11-2007, 07:24 PM

Dr. Donda West, Kanye West’s mother, suddenly died last night, individuals close to the rapper confirmed.

The cause of death was not released immediately, but she was reportedly in the Los Angeles area when she died. Early reports suggest Dr. West's death may have been the result of some form of surgical procedure. Those reports have not been confirmed.

She was 58 years old.

A representative for the rapper told AllHipHop.com, "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.

Although 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.

In an interview with AllHipHop, Dr. West said she learned from her son and vice versa.

"Looking at Kanye has made me a more courageous individual, and I already saw myself as being courageous. I believe that Kanye has broken through and gone to levels and done things that I haven’t been able to reach yet," she told AllHipHop.com. "I have 28 years to his senior so I have a lot of experience. I’ve learned to speak my mind regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned a lot having raised Kanye and being his mother."

The word of Dr. West's death has traveled fast through word of mouth, in particular her hometown of Chicago.

“'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,” said Kendra G, a Morning Show co-host at Power 92 in Chicago.

AllHipHop.com will provide more information as details are revealed. Our condolences go out to Kanye West and the family of Dr. Donda West.


This is terrible news. My condolences to the Kanye and the West family. R.I.P. Dr. Donda West.

11-11-2007, 07:29 PM
deepest condolences

11-11-2007, 07:30 PM
Poor Kannyeeze

*cues up Hey Mama*

R.I.P Momma West

11-11-2007, 07:35 PM
Ouch, that sucks. And she was the closest thing to kanye west in his life. RIP.

11-11-2007, 08:09 PM
damn sorry to hear that


11th Chamber
11-11-2007, 08:40 PM
Damn that sucks, I know they were pretty close


11-11-2007, 11:27 PM
God Bless her and it wont be easy but wishing Kanye strenght.....

11-12-2007, 01:41 AM
God bless her...hope he can pull thru too..

11-12-2007, 01:47 AM
rest in peace.

the meaning of life is death.

11-12-2007, 01:50 AM
its good she lived to see her son reach the success he did. respects due

Maxxx Millisecondz
11-12-2007, 05:10 AM

11-12-2007, 07:36 AM
wow sorry to hear that


11-12-2007, 08:22 AM

Crackhead Bob
11-12-2007, 10:05 AM
great, I think she was the only thing that kept him from becoming a complete pretentious asshole. R.I.P. PopHop

11-12-2007, 03:15 PM
She died due to complications of plastic surgery....

11-12-2007, 03:27 PM

lord patch
11-12-2007, 03:31 PM
peace and blessings

11-12-2007, 05:08 PM

11-12-2007, 05:13 PM

11-12-2007, 05:48 PM
Damn, that's bad. R.I.P.

11-12-2007, 09:33 PM
She died due to complications of plastic surgery....

People really need to cut that shit out and start being happy with themselves...

11-13-2007, 01:40 AM
She risked her life so that shit could have bigger tits..........God bless America.

bad boy T
11-14-2007, 05:16 AM
R.I.P. to Kanye's mother

11-14-2007, 11:08 AM

11-15-2007, 04:50 AM
She risked her life so that shit could have bigger tits..........God bless America.

i read that is was a breast reduction, but whatever its sad for Kanye.

whats the chances of him making a song about this

11-15-2007, 01:02 PM
R.I.p. miss west.

11-15-2007, 01:28 PM
rest in peace