Kanye West Says He Wants to Put Surgeon He Once Blamed for Mom's Death on New Album Cover
In an open letter sent to the rapper, Dr. Jan Adams declined to be featured.
Kanye West wants to put the cosmetic surgeon he once blamed for his mother's death on his new album cover.
"This is my album cover," West tweeted Saturday. "This is plastic surgeon Jan Adams. The person who performed my mom’s final surgery. I want to forgive and stop hating."
The "Dear Mama" rapper’s mother, Donda, was 58 when she died of a heart attack in November 2007.
In an open letter he sent to the "Power" rapper and was published on The Blast, the doctor said thanks, but no thanks.
"Dear Kanye, thank you for thinking of me for the cover of your next album. That is kind of you," he wrote. "Unfortunately, I have to decline at this time, and I ask that you cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work."
"Over the past ten years, I have tolerated all the errors, misinformation and frank lies told by reporters, journalists and people on the street out of respect for the doctor-patient privileges and your mother," Adams wrote. "Nonetheless, do not mistake kindness for weakness."
"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," Adams wrote.
Adams said that Donda West’s surgery was successful and that he was in no way responsible for her death.
"You are a father and a family man," Adams added. "Take the time to cherish those things... you won’t regret it. Everyone can get past this but you have to be intellectually honest."
West tweeted back: "This is amazing. Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can't wait to sit with you and start healing."
Donda West underwent a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and liposuction, all at once on Nov. 9, 2007. She died the following day at her home.
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