On the heels of that report, the doctor who actually performed the plastic surgery on Dr. West has spoken out. Dr. Jan Adams told the site that her death, which came after a tummy tuck and breast reduction, which he performed, was unforeseen and could have been caused by a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting. Their report goes on to say:
"Dr. Adams tells TMZ West consulted with him over a period of four months. He says she changed her mind numerous times, sometimes greenlighting the surgery and sometimes halting it.
As for the TMZ report that Beverly Hills doc Dr. Andre Aboolian refused to conduct the surgery because of a medical condition that West had, Dr. Adams said of Dr. Aboolian, 'he is sleazy and manipulating the truth to elevate his own importance.'
Dr. Adams says he did nothing wrong."
West was age 58 at the time of her death. She served as her son's manager and was also chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, an educational nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy.
Speaking of which, two civil rights groups have issued a statement condemning the attention Dr. West's death has brought along with the speculation as to the cause of death.
"The focus should be on furthering her work of stemming the astronomical drop out rate of black and Latino students. We call for the community to rally behind her work with poor, underserved students in Los Angeles and nationally," says Eddie Jones, President, Los Angeles Civil Rights Assn, and Earl Ofari Hutchinson, President, Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.
To show support for Dr. West's work, the two organizations are holding a community rally today at 1:15pm (Pacific) at the Lucy Florence Coffeehouse, 3351 W. 43rd St. Leimert Park, Los Angeles 90008
As former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, Dr. West was also a member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME). The group issued the following statement:
We are grieved by the passing of our beloved sister, Dr. Donda West. A NABFEME Member, our "Celebrity Mom," Co-Chair of our 2007 Celebrity Mom Luncheon, Leader, Mother, Educator and Author -- We will remember her for her giving spirit, her wisdom, and her warm smile. Dr. West leaves a legacy of dedication to family and community, inner strength and extraordinarily hard work. To Kanye and the West family, we offer our condolences and prayers. Dr. West, may your rest be as peaceful as your nurturing spirit.