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Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .

Dr. Donde West, the mother of rapper-producer Kanye West, who passed away on Nov. 10 at a Los Angeles hospital following cosmetic surgery. She was 58 years old. An autospy is being performed to conclusively find the exact cause of death. According to reports, Dr. West contacted Dr. Andre Aboolian to discuss two cosmetic operations -- breast reduction and liposuction. But Dr. Aboolian said he wouldn't operate on her until she was medically cleared to go through the procedures. Eventually, Dr. West chose Dr. Jan Adams who is an experienced surgeon but did have a checkered history in his years of doing plastic surgeries. He performed the liposuction and breast reduction procedures on Dr. West and contends that they were no complications during the operations.

Dr. Donde West was a retired English professor and a former chairwoman at Chicago State University who also co-managed Kanye's music career. "She always gave me support," Kanye said of his mother. "A lot of parents don't train their kids to think." She recently penned a memoir dedicated to her only son titled Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star. Kanye recorded a tribute song to his mother called "Hey Mama," which appeared on his second disc, Late Registration.

'Ye's publicist, Maureen O'Connor, issued this 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." Meanwhile, memorial services are being planned at Dr. West's alma mater, Chicago State University. "[The services] will really be a celebration of her life," said University rep Robyn Wheeler on Monday. "We are bringing together a number of faculty members who knew her well to organize an upbeat celebration. Her spirit was such that this requires a feeling of fun."

Elsewhere, Jay-Z paid tribute to Kanye's mother during his sold-out New York concert on Nov. 11. He led a moment of silence in honor of Dr. West before saluting his little brother. "This show is dedicated to Kanye West who had a death in the family," Jigga told the crowd. "We got you, Kanye. Stay strong," he added before shattering the solemn moment with the show's big finale, "Roc Boys (and the Winner Is)."

My condolences go out to Kanye and his family. Stay strong.

Rest In Power Dr. West . . . and thank you.