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UPDATE: The cause may be complications to surgery, Dr.West stopped breathing at home and medics were unable to resuscitate according to reports...
Preliminary information indicated she died from “complications of surgery,” Lt. Fred Corral told The Associated Press. An autopsy was expected to be conducted by Wednesday, Corral said.

West had approached a plastic surgeon months ago about a procedure, but he declined to perform it because of a pre-existing medical condition and he never heard back from her, the surgeon’s publicist said Monday. [READ MORE]

In shocking and sad news, Kanye West has lost his mother, Dr. Donda West, this weekend as she passed unexpectedly. Details on the cause have not been released and the family is asking for privacy during this time.
Dr. Donda West, the mother of hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who nurtured and promoted her son’s musical career from its infancy, died Saturday in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 58.

Beyond her son’s international fame, Dr. West had carved out her own niche as a well-respected educator in Chicago — long affiliated with Chicago State University where she rose to the chairmanship of the school’s English department.

Kanye West, who was just in Chicago last week filming a music video for his song ‘‘Homecoming,’’ had just arrived in London when he learned of his mother’s death Saturday. He immediately flew to Los Angeles to join fellow family members.
Our prayers go out to the West Family. For more information, visit The Chicago Times.