mother, Donda West, dies in LA at age 58
Donda West, mother and manager
of rap star Kanye West, has passed away at a hospital in Los
West, mother of the Chicago hip-hop star Kanye West, on Saturday
at the age of 58 in a hospital in Los Angeles. Spokesman for
Kanye West confirmed the dead of his mother, but the cause has
not been released. "The family respectfully asks for privacy
during this time of grief," the spokesman said.
Donda West was also the manager of the
rap star and a chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, which
works to help decrease the rate of illiteracy and school
dropouts. Mrs. West was former professor and chairwoman of the
Chicago State University's English department. She released a
book earlier this year, detailing Kanye West's childhood in
Chicago and raising Kanye alone, after her husband left when
Kanye was only 3 years old.