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EXCLUSIVE: Kanye West Thankful Law Named After His Mother Says Family Member

Oct. 13 2009, Published 10:47 a.m. ET

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Kayne West recently told Jay Leno that the death of his mother pains him and since her death the artist has been struggling to deal with his grief. In an effort to protect others from the same fate, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed The Donda West bill into law on Monday, and Kayne's cousin Yolanda Anderson told in an exclusive interview that "Kanye was very thankful about it."

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"This was so perfect for him," Yolanda said.  "He called me and was very excited about it. He appreciated it." Yolanda's mother is Donda's sister and Yolanda began working on the law shortly after her aunt passed away.

California Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter said in a statement: "This measure will better protect our citizens from unnecessary bodily trauma that could result from elective cosmetic surgery procedures, if they are not physically fit to undergo surgery.  It will help prevent other California families from going through the trauma and grief that the West family had to endure."

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"There is comfort in knowing that her life wasn't in vain," Yolanda said of her Aunt Donda.  "With the law in place it will give family members the knowledge that the extra step is in place. It will protect families against doctors like Jan Adams."     

Adams' medical license was revoked in April due to his multiple alcohol related incidents.

Yolanda is working with legislators in Illinois and Oklahoma to pass similar laws there since Donda lived in both states and told that Kayne asked her to try and have the law passed in New York as well.



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