Dr. Donda West, a retired English professor and the mother of Kanye West, has died from complications during a cosmetic surgery procedure. Her publicist did not reveal details about the procedure or precise cause of death. Kanye was very close to his mother, even devoting his 2005 song "Hey Mama" to her:

"Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you ... I appreciate what you allowed for me. I just want you to be proud of me."

I can't imagine how difficult this must be for the West family, as well as for the students Dr. West taught over the years. My heart goes out to all of them.