Tuesday would’ve marked Dr. Donda West’s 67th birthday, if the English professor hadn’t passed away November 2007 of heart disease while suffering “multiple post-operative factors” following an elective surgery. The tragic death was a blow Kanye West never fully recovered from, even blaming himself during an interview with Q magazine last year. “If I had never moved to L.A., she’d be alive,” he revealed.
For Dr. West’s birthday on Tuesday, Kanye marked the day with the most heartbreaking tweet he’s ever crafted in his career of tweeting all-caps absurdities. The 39-year-old hitmaker revealed daughter North West wanted to visit his mom in heaven, tweeting: “NORI ASKED IF THE AIRPLANE COULD TAKE HER TO HEAVEN TO SEE YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, I LOVE YOU MOM.”
Crap, is someone chopping onions in here?!
Even in death, Dr. West has remained an important part of Kanye’s creative life. His creative company is named after her as a constant reminder and he’s frequently referenced her in his songs, including the poignant track “Only One.” “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” he revealed after the release of a tribute record in which Kanye speaks to Nori from his mom’s perspective.