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Kanye West's mom dies




On the song Hey Mama off his album Late Registration, Kanye West raps: "Hey mama, I wanna scream so loud for you / 'Cause I'm so proud of you ... I appreciate what you allowed for me / I just want you to be proud of me." West is in mourning today after his mother, Dr. Donda West, died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to MTV News. Dr. West, an author and the former chairwoman of the English department at Chicago State University, died following an unspecified "cosmetic procedure" in Los Angeles, said a spokesman. She was an enormous influence on Kanye's career, acting at times as a co-manager and authoring a book titled Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar. Kanye's people had no immediate comment.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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