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Kanye West's Mother, A Former English Department Chair, Dies Unexpectedly

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:15 PM ET

Donda West


Donda West, mother of Kanye West and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, has died, a spokesman for the rapper said. She was 58.

Donda West died Saturday night in Los Angeles, said the spokesman, who asked for anonymity because not all family members had been notified.

"The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief," the spokesman said.

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Filed by Katherine Thomson  |