Donda West, a Playa del Rey resident and the mother of hip-hop music star Kanye West, died Saturday, November 10th, after undergoing a surgical procedure.
West, 58, was taken to the emergency room at the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center Marina Campus near Marina del Rey after she was found to be “unresponsive” in her home, said Cindy Woelfle, Centinela Freeman Marina Campus spokeswoman.
Doctors attempted to revive West but were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m., Woelfle said.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday, November 13th, that a preliminary investigation indicated that West died “as a result of surgery or anesthesia,” another newspaper reported.
According to various reports, West had undergone a cosmetic procedure. The surgery was not performed at the Centinela Freeman Marina hospital, Woelfle said.
“Kanye West, his family and friends would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and kind words that have come in from across the country since the death of his mother, Dr. Donda West,” said a family statement.
West was often seen with her Grammy Award-winning son at events and was known to be the inspiration for many of his songs.
She previously served as the chair of the English Department at Chicago State University. After working in higher education for 31 years, West co-founded with her son the Kanye West Foundation, which works to help combat the dropout problem in high schools around the country, according to the foundation.
She co-authored a book, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar, which was released earlier this year.
In lieu of flowers, the family says donations may be made in Donda West’s name to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher Training Institute, 8560 Sunset Blvd. Suite 210, West Hollywood 90069.
Funeral plans were pending at Argonaut press time.