Update: Donda West Death May Be Surgery-Related

  /  11.12.2007


According to the Associated Press, an autopsy was scheduled for the mother of Kanye West after preliminary information suggested she died of surgical complications, a coroner’s investigator said Monday.

What kind of surgery Donda West, who was often seen at the musician’s side, had was not immediately clear. West had approached a plastic surgeon months ago about a procedure, but he never performed it because she did not return with a medical clearance for a condition that concerned him, the surgeon’s publicist said Monday.

West died Saturday night at age 58 at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey, where paramedics took her after she stopped breathing at her home, according to Deborah Ettinger, a hospital vice president.

“We tried to resuscitate her, but were unsuccessful,” Ettinger said, adding that she did not have surgery at the hospital.


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