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LOS ANGELES – Donda West, Kanye West‘s mother, died of heart disease and “multiple postoperative factors” after plastic surgery, a deputy medical examiner said Thursday. But a coroner’s report said the exact contribution these factors could have played in West’s death following breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction couldn’t be determined.
West was found unresponsive at her home a day after her surgery. In emergency 911 tapes released earlier this month, two unidentified women told a dispatcher that West suffered a heart attack and unsuccessfully tried to revive her.
Dr. Jan Adams, who operated on West, has denied any wrongdoing. Adams has repeatedly suggested other causes of death including heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or accidental overdose of painkillers prescribed after the surgery.
Adams’ spokesman, Kevin Williams, didn’t immediately respond to phone or e-mail requests for comment.
NPR’s News and Notes and the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that “the Fly Jock, ” Tom Joyner, is sending Georgia student Genarlow Wilson, the young brotha sentenced to 10 years in prison for consensual oral sex, to Morehouse College next week. God is good. Say what you wanna say about Tom, but Tom Joyner is my hero today.
Starting fresh after his New Hampshire debacle, Barack Obama unveiled the high profile endorsement of Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee. Strategically, the endorsement is meant to undercut the criticicism leveled by Hillary Clinton that Obama is unprepared for the Oval Office.
Senator Kerry followed his prepared script and delivered the following line with conviction, “Who better than Barack Obama to bring new credibility to America’s role in the world and help restore our moral authority.” Kerry’s validation and assistance will surely pay dividends in both campaign cash and headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers. The most important benefit, however, will probably be the credibility it gives Obama in the black community. What could be more powerful than an endorsement from the man most of us voted for four years ago.
Today also marked the end of the road for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s presidential ambitions. Savvy, experienced and gregarious, Bill Richardson attempted to make real the West Wing TV drama’s depiction of a Latino presidential contender. Running a racially inclusive and mainstream campaign, Richardson fell short of his mark. The upside of the Governor’s groundbreaking candidacy is that it will allow a latino youngster to one day reach again for that dream.