Autopsy set for mother of rapper Kanye West

first_imgWest was taken to the hospital after being found unconscious in her Playa del Rey home. A Centinela Hospital spokesperson told “Access Hollywood” that West “was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest” when she arrived at the hospital. “They tried to revive her and were unsuccessful.” The doctor who performed the surgery, plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams, told TMZ that he did nothing wrong. He said the death was unforeseen and could have been caused by a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting. As for Aboolian’s assertion that he refused to conduct the surgery because of a medical condition that West had, Adams said “(Aboolian) is sleazy and manipulating the truth to elevate his own importance.” Donda West spent about 30 years at Chicago State University, rising to English Department head, but left teaching to manage her son’s career. She appeared on “Oprah” and other shows to talk about her life, raising her son and teen literacy. Over the past year, she was head of the Kanye West Foundation, which is aimed at keeping inner-city youths in school. She also recently published a book, “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star.” The rapper professed a close relationship with his mother and dedicated a song to her: “Hey Mama.” West raised her son alone after her husband left when Kanye was 3. In a statement, the rapper thanked everyone for the outpouring of support and kind words that have come in from across the country. “After working in higher education for 31 years, Dr. Donda West and Kanye West co-founded the Kanye West Foundation with the mission of helping to combat the severe dropout problem in high schools across the country,” according to the statement. “The first and signature initiative of the Kanye West Foundation is Loop Dreams,” the statement continued. “Designed to capitalize on students existing interest in hip-hop, Loop Dreams challenges students to learn more about what’s behind hip-hop culture in order to help them develop skills, express themselves creatively and be empowered.” In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in Donde West’s name to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher Training Institute. Donations can be made by visiting the Foundation’s Web site, www.KanyeWestFoundation.org or by mail at Kanye West Foundation, 8560 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Andre Aboolian, told “Access Hollywood” he refused to perform the surgery on West just weeks before her death because of a pre-existing medical condition. “She was interested in some cosmetic procedures, and we had discussed that in order for her to go through with the procedures, which she was a good candidate for, she needed what’s called a medical clearance, which just about anybody over the age of 40 is required to have,” he said. “Because of Donda’s age, she was required to get some cardiac clearance to make sure her heart is in good shape to go through for the surgery.” He said that although she was a “good candidate” for the surgery, “she had a condition that was of concern.” He did not reveal the specifics of the condition, citing patient confidentiality. An autopsy scheduled for today in Los Angeles could determine whether the mother of rap star Kanye West died of complications from cosmetic surgery. Donda West, 58, was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m. Saturday at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center. The autopsy will include an inquiry into whether she died from “possible complications of surgery,” said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner. The celebrity justice Web site TMZ.com reported that West underwent a “combined procedure” that included a breast reduction and tummy tuck. last_img read more