Summary: mother of rapper Kanye West and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department who was known for the strong bond she shared with her son, who often spoke of his close relationship with the mother who raised him alone after her husband left when Kanye was 3, and who was chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, an educational nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy.
Cause of Death: Complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure
Born: July 12, 1949
Died: November 10, 2007
Location: Los Angeles, California