Kanye West’s late mother’s surgeon pens open letter in response to being used as new album cover

Donda West died in 2007

Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who performed a procedure on Kanye West‘s mother the day before she died, has penned an open letter to the rapper, after West revealed plans to use a photo of him as the artwork for his new album.

At the weekend, Kanye shared a screenshot on Twitter of a conversation between him and someone called Wes (potentially his ‘Yeezus’ art collaborator Wes Lang, or new GOOD Music signee Sheck Wes) in which he asked for title ideas. Wes replied: “LOVE EVERYONE.” Kanye’s response? “I love that.”

In the same chat with “Wes”, West shared a photo of Jan Adams, who he explained performed his mother’s “final surgery”. “This is my album cover,” he wrote. “I want to forgive and stop hating.”


West’s mother Donda died in 2007 of heart disease and “multiple post-operative factors” the day after Adams performed liposuction and breast reduction surgery on her.

Approached by The Blast, Adams issued an open letter  in which he confirmed his intention to seek a cease-and-desist warning against the rapper using his image.

“I ask that you cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work. I don’t want to seem ungrateful, I just think that if in fact this conversion to love is genuine on your part… then it’s inappropriate to drag the negativity of the past with it.

While Adams hails Kanye’s new commitment to “stop hating” as “impressive”, he later points to the Los Angeles Coroner’s report into his mother’s death – which subsequently cleared him of any wrongdoing.

“The Los Angeles coroner determined that Donda died of heart disease while suffering from “multiple post-operative factors” after plastic surgery.


He also singles out Kanye’s cousin Stephan Scoggins for blame, claiming that he left the rapper’s mother alone after surgery when he was supposed to be the primary caregiver.

“So if your journey is true to “forgive and stop hating”….start by dealing with the facts. Perhaps you should put your cousin’s picture on your next album. Don’t put my picture out there and claim you are about love”.

In response, Kanye wrote on Twitter: “Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can’t wait to sit with you and start healing”.

Kanye has been very active on Twitter over the past week or so, causing controversy with some of his remarks, including saying that he “loves” Donald Trump, and posting photos of himself in a Make America Great Again hat.

West’s new album will be the follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’. Here’s everything we know about the release so far.


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