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Heart Disease and Surgery Complication Contributed to Donda West’s Death

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, January 10, 2008 11:55 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Medical Malpractive, Wrongful Death

Donda West Autopsy reveals coronary disease and complications from surgery as contributors to her death. But the final call is inconclusive.


The Los Angeles County Coroner has issued his first ruling since the November death of Donda West and it is good news for her plastic surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams.

The 17-page final report finds no signs of “surgical or anesthetic misadventure.”

Donda West, 58, mother of rapper Kanye West died within 24 hours of undergoing multiple cosmetic surgery procedures. The coroner believes West “died from some pre-existing coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors following surgery.”

The coroner, Dr. Luis Pena notes Donda had serious blockages in two arteries and also notes that West was under pain medication, had a tight bandage around her chest, pneumonia in one lung and had aspirated vomit.

Dr. Jan Adams was the focus of much media speculation and criticism. First, Donda West had undergone multiple surgeries - liposuction, breast reduction and a tummy tuck all at the same time requiring he to stay unconscious for eight hours, twice as long as a usual surgery.

The web site TMZ has a segment online, Donda’s Doctor’s Frightning History, that describes some of the so-called short recovery time for some of his patients and Dr. Adams DUI history.

At the time of her death, Dr. Adams insisted nothing had gone wrong with the operation and speculated she might have overdosed on pain medication.  Adams told Extra Thursday that the report was what he expected.

Another plastic surgeon had indicated at the time of her death that he had turned down Donda West as a patient because of some concerns about pre-existing conditions. 

Donda was, in a previous life, an English professor at Chicago State University. She raised Kanye in a Chicago suburb and was managing her Grammy award winner son’s career. She had created an education foundation in his name and they enjoyed a warm, collaborative working relationship. 

Donda inspired Kanye’s song “Hey Mama.” Donda wrote a life lessons book about raising a rapper called, “Raising Kanye”.

On November 10th she was found unresponsive in her bed and died at a Los Angeles hospital. Dr. Pena indicates that a combination of heart disease and post-surgery problems led to West's death, but his report ultimately is inconclusive.

Kanye West issued a statement January 3rd, thanking fans for their support. #




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