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Kanye West: My Mom Wouldn't Have Died In New York

First Posted: 09/16/10 09:21 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:40 PM ET

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Kanye West says his mother Donda, who died in 2007 following complications from plastic surgery, would be alive today if they had lived in New York and not LA.

In the new issue of XXL magazine, which he guest-edited, Kanye says that the Los Angeles culture was responsible for his mother's death.

"When I moved to LA, she moved to LA," he said of his mother, according to Page Six. "And she wound up in a place that would eat her alive. Even if I stayed in New York, it wouldn't have been like that. If I had lived in New York, she'd still be here."

Donda died one day after undergoing breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction procedures, according to the AP.

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