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    Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:45:22

    Kanye West's Mother Dies From Surgical Complications  - Fall tour dates may be postponed

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    Dr. Donda West, Kanye's mother and the former English department chairwoman at Chicago State University, died in a Los Angeles area hospital on Saturday night, soon after she had stopped breathing in her home. According to The Associated Press, Dr. West may have died of complications from a cosmetic surgery performed in a Southern California hospital. She was 58. A full autopsy is expected on Wednesday. Kanye West often spoke highly of his mother, going so far as to devote the 2005 song "Hey Mama" to her, saying, "Hey mama/ I wanna scream so loud for you/ Cuz I'm so proud of you/ I appreciate what you allowed for me/ I just want you to be proud of me." His mother returned the shout-out by releasing the book Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star this past May.

    West's spokesman has told the BBC that her "family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief." Whether this will impact Kanye's New Year's Eve show in Las Vegas or his upcoming European tour dates remains to be seen.

    They include:

    11/17 Paris, France - Zenith
    11/18 Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
    11/19 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
    11/22 London, England - O2 Arena
    11/24 Brighton, England - Brighton Centre
    11/25 Bournemouth, England - Bournemouth International Conference Center
    11/26 Nottingham, England - Nottingham
    11/27 Cardiff, Wales - Cardiff International Arena
    11/28 Plymouth, England - Plymouth Pavilions
    11/30 Dublin, Ireland - Phoenix Park
    12/1 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Odyssey Arena
    12/2 Manchester, England - M.E.N. Arena
    12/4 Glasgow, Scotland - SECC

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    11.12.07



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