A few days after Kanye
’s mother, Dr. Donda West, passed
away following a “cosmetic procedure”, Kanye
’s family issues a statement:

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.

After working in higher education for 31 years, Dr. Donda West and Kanye West
co-founded the Kanye West Foundation with the mission of helping to combat the
severe dropout problem in high schools across the country. The first and
signature initiative of the Kanye West Foundation is Loop Dreams. Designed to capitalize
on students existing interest in hip-hop, Loop Dreams challenges students to
learn more about what’s behind hip-hop culture in order to help them develop
skills, express themselves creatively and be empowered.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr. West’s name
to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher Training Institute. Those
donations can be made by visiting the Foundation’s Web site, KanyeWestFoundation.org
or by mail at:

Kanye West Foundation

8560 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

As details of the funeral service emerge, DX will keep you posted.