Dr. Donda West, mother of hip hop superstar and Grammy award winner Kanye West, has suddenly passed away on Saturday at the age of 58. The cause of death was not released immediately.
Dr. West served as the chair of her son's foundation, the Kanye West Foundation, an educational nonprofit that works to decrease school dropout rates and improve literacy. She served as an English professor for 31 years and as Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University.
Earlier this year, Dr. West released the book Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From The Mother of A Hip Hop Superstar. In the foreword of the book, Kanye shares about the making of the song Hey Mama, dedicated to his mother:
When I wrote that song, "Hey Mama!" about my mom, I worked on it for months. I wanted to make it as great as she is. I wanted to tell the whole world about our friendship and how it came to be. I also wanted to talk about her in the most artistic way I could. I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her for the way she raised me.
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