Donda West Passes Away

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Donda West, the mother and onetime manager of rapper Kanye West, died Saturday in Los Angeles.

No other details are available at this time.

Donda was a retired professor and former chairwoman of the Chicago State University English department. She was known for supporting her son and his fiance, Alexis Phifer, often stirring up controversy in the face of critics.

"Kanye likes to think as a hobby and speak his own mind. He was always like that," Donda West told InStyle earlier this year. "He came out of the womb looking like he had that attitude."

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