Kanye West's Mom Dies

Such sad news. Kanye West's mother, Donda West, died Saturday in L.A., reports People.com. No other details regarding the tragedy were released. Donda, 58, was once Kanye's manager, and the two were extremely close. The rapper even wrote song about his mom, "Hey Mama," in which he paid tribute to her for raising him on her own. She liked the tune so much she used it as her cell phone ring tone. "She always gave me support," Kanye said. "A lot of parents don't train their kids to think." Donda released a book in May, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar detailing her life as the rapper's mom. "Kanye likes to think as a hobby and speak his own mind. He was always like that," Donda told InStyle earlier this year. "He came out of the womb looking like he had that attitude." So sad.

UPDATE: Donda's publicist told BBC News she passed away "as the result of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure," but gave no more details. The rep said the family "asks for privacy during this time of grief."

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