The plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West’s mother in 2007 is speaking out extensively about being placed on the cover of the rapper’s upcoming album.
Jan Adams, who performed liposuction, breast augmentation and other procedures on Donda West a day before she died, penned an open letter to The Blast Monday, April 30. In it, he slams Ye putting his image on the cover of the June release, “Love Everybody.” He also delves into what led to Donda West’s death.
After initially thanking the rapper for featuring his mug shot on his album artwork, Adams 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. 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.”
The rest of the letter focuses on the details surrounding the death of Ye’s mother. Adams maintains that information presented by TMZ founder and managing editor Harvey Levin at the time of Donda West’s death was inaccurate. He also blamed the Chicago MC’s cousin, Dr. Stephan Scoggins, for failing to provide adequate post-operative care to his aunt.
“Dr. Scoggins stated he would be making arrangements for Ms. West to be cared for at her home when in fact Dr. Scoggins did not make any special arrangements concerning her care,” Adams wrote. “According to the information provided by Dr. Scoggins, the morning after the surgery he left the home because the decedent had appeared to be better. Ms. West was left in the care of laypersons…Dr. Scoggins indicated he had left that morning with the intention to return later and care for his aunt. He did not return to the home nor did he call to check on the decedent. Ms. West was experiencing symptoms that would have been concerning to a prudent nurse. She was left alone during this time. It is unknown whether medical attention would have saved her life.”
A preliminary autopsy conducted after West’s death said it came “as a result of surgery or anesthesia,” which put the focus on Adams, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, the final report didn’t put the blame on Adams. It said Donalda West “died from some preexisting coronary artery disease and multiple postoperative factors following surgery,” which included pain-management medication and the tight bandaging of her chest. The latter could have restricted her breathing.
A doctor had advised West against having surgery because of her risk for a heart attack. She had a family history of heart disease and had high blood pressure, high blood sugar and cardiac artery blockage.
A 2008 investigation into the matter cleared Scoggins of negligence. Still, Adams has long been tied to Donda West’s death and he wants West to stop perpetuating that notion — starting with his album cover.
“So if your journey is true… ‘To forgive and stop hating’… start by dealing with the facts,” Adams wrote. “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. Love deals with truth. 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 privilege and your mother …
“If you want to heal, first call out the people in your own camp who knew better and persisted with the charade in order to hide their own guilt,” he added.
West didn’t seem offended by the letter. In fact, he called the memo “amazing.”
“Thank you so much for this connection brother,” West said. “I can’t wait to sit with you and start healing.”
And while the rapper doesn’t have any issues with Adam’s words, others don’t feel so positive.
“On the one hand, really happy that Kanye can get closure and Adams can get closure,” someone tweeted in response. “On the other hand, that letter doesn’t feel like the right time or place to recount all of those details.”
“This is sad. It’s not like Kanye West is reaching out for help because he can afford lawyer’s and needs to get the word out,” another said. “This looks all scripted. Who puts these details. Sounds something @realDonaldTrump would do. Oh, yah they are big business dragons brothers. #fakenewsbros.”
“Absolutely sad, well scripted!” someone else echoed. “If he needs clarity/closure, do it privately. For the sake of possible litigation, you have to make sure, you are concise. I lost a parent, I am familiar with that kind of pain. I feel sorry for him, but He posted for his purpose, not his mother’s!”
A few other responders simply lent their support to Ye.
“Kanye I’m praying for you…” someone said.
“Yo Kanye, you’re strong, man,” another tweeted. “Proud of you, that’s a hard letter to read. My mom died a few years ago and I couldn’t imagine someone sending me this. I know this doesn’t mean much coming from a regular person but you’re in the healing process and you’re not alone ™.”