Kanye West’s Mom Passes Away

kanye_mom.jpg  Dr. Donda West, author, manager and mother to Grammy-award winning Kanye West, died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles.While the cause of death for the retired English professor was not known at press time, what is known is what a devastating effect her passing is to have on her son. Dr. West was mentioned in several of Kanye’s songs, including his tribute to her, “Hey Mama,” from 2005’s Late Registration. A constant fixture with her son on the red carpet, earlier this year, Dr. West released a book, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar.”She was everyone’s mom, a spirit never dies, a spirit lasts forever.” Dr. West was also instrumental in Kanye’s charity work, serving as Chair of the Kanye West Foundation, which lists its mission as “[helping] to combat the severe dropout problem in high schools across the United States by developing student-centered programs geared towards increased literacy, heightened self-worth, independent thinking and self-actualization through the arts.”In an interview with Chicago’s WGCI, Kanye collaborator Rhymefest, who co-wrote the hit “Jesus Walks,” said, “She was everyone’s mom, a spirit never dies, a spirit lasts forever.”The unfortunate and sudden passing of Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, saddens me, the city of Chicago, and the entire country. We will continue to pray for Kanye and his family during this difficult time.


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