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The surgeon widely blamed for the death of Kanye West’s mother wants to clear his name.
Donda West died in 2007 at age 58 soon after she received a cosmetic procedure from Dr. Jan Adams.
Adams has received tons of criticism over the years, and his practice eventually went out of business after West’s death. But he has always said he did nothing wrong – that West died from complications not directly related to surgical procedures.
In a recent interview with “Inside Edition,” Adams again said he was not at all responsible, but rather was set up as a fall guy for West’s death. He also said he thought the death could have been easily prevented.
“This lady shouldn’t be dead,” Adams said.
Adams told “Inside Edition” that after West had surgery, he suggested she stay in the medical facility under its care. But West wanted to stay with her nephew,Stephan Scoggins, Kanye’s cousin who is also a nurse. During the interview, Adams read notes he made from 2007 detailing the incident.
“Her caregivers gave her 20 Vicodin tabs in less than 20 hours,” he said reading the notes. Adams believes the overload in pills caused West to choke to death. He said she was left on her back unattended.
“All he had to do was sit her up,” Adams said of Scoggins, who he said wasn’t watching her.
“What’s Donda West’s problem? Her nurse wasn’t there,” he added. “Her nurse was gone to a baby shower rather than taking care of his aunt.”
According to Adams, when West was left alone she went into cardiac arrest.
Adams also challenged Kanye to tell what he knew. “The truth when you bury it just grows bigger,” he said. Kanye has always personally taken the burden of his mother’s death very hard.
At the 2008 Grammy Awards he put on this emotional performance of “Hey Mama” just months after his mother died:
Earlier this year he told E! Online that “If I had never moved to LA, she’d be alive,” but he said he would cry if he talked about it. Kanye has never went public with what he knows of the situation, but he has expressed his thoughts through his music.
Business Insider has reached out to Kanye for comment.
Watch the piece that aired on “Inside Edition” below: