Kanye West’s Dad Reportedly Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer
Reports have emerged that Kanye West’s dad, Ray West, was diagnosed with stomach cancer last spring and is now undergoing treatment for the devastating illness.
Radar Online quoted his ex-wife (Kanye’s ex-stepmom) as saying that Ray West was diagnosed with stomach cancer last spring and is currently being treated for it.
“His dad is sick with stomach cancer,” revealed his one-time stepmother Cheryl Carmichael West, adding that “he’s getting treatment and from what I understand the treatments are working.”
“Sometimes you need other events to trigger bigger events,” she said of the diagnosis, “it could have triggered something bigger in Kanye because he is super close to his dad after his mom’s death.”
The news of his dad’s tragic diagnosis comes 10 years after his mom Donda’s death. She died in 2007, a day after Dr. Jan Adams performed cosmetic surgeries, including breast reduction and liposuction.
The death of Kanye’s mother is something that should be very familiar to fans of Kanye’s music.
When she was healthy, he wrote the classic, “Hey Mama,” thanking his mom for everything she’d done for him. Although “Kanye was very close to his mother,” says Cheryl, “one of the things that I recall is that that he never really grieved [her] and went back to work right away.”
Perhaps, but for anyone who listened to 808s & Heartbreak, which Kanye made in the year following Donda’s death, it’s clear that the love of which Kanye sings is not solely romantic.