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Two days after Donda West's untimely death following cosmetic surgery, the doctor who performed the procedures stepped forward late Monday night to proclaim his innocence to website TMZ. Dr. Jan Adams, who claims to have performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on singer Kanye West's 58-year-old mom said he did not cause her death. Rather, Dr. Adams hypothesized Donda may have died from a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting.
Monday a coroner's official said Donda may have died from surgical complications and an autopsy is set to begin.
Donda was reportedly at home Saturday evening when she stopped breathing and someone phoned 911. She was pronounced dead about hour later at the Centinela Freeman Hospital in Marina del Rey.
Hours before Dr. Adams came forward, Kanye West released a statement. It thanked fans for their outpouring of support and asked for donations in Donda's name to Kanye's charity, which she cofounded and which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate.
Update: TMZ reports that the medical board wanted to suspend Dr. Adams' license this past April following multiple DUI convictions. Update II According to TMZ, Donda West was on the operating table for eight hours last Friday, twice as long as planned. She then went home, instead of staying in a medical facility, and died the next night. Dr. Adams is not Board Certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Update III Dr. Adams appeared on Oprah. Watch it.
Update IV Dr. Jan Adams lost two malpractice suits in 2001, according to Entertainment Tonight. He was ordered to pay judgments of $250,000 and $217,337. Update V Dr. Jan Adams was sued again in June 2007 for malpractice, according to TMZ
Update VI In December 2005 a lawsuit against Dr. Jan Adams alleged poor post operative care, false credentials and a botched tummy tuck, according to TMZ. Update VII Yet another lawsuit claims a botched boob job in August of 2005.
Update VIII A sixth lawsuit has been uncovered by TMZ. The plaintiff alleges that after a botched tummy tuck and arm lift, Dr. Jan Adams paid house calls. While she was medicated from the surgery and intoxicated, he told her he loved her, had sex with her and got her pregnant. That suit settled out of court. Update IX In another lawsuit, in October of this year, a patient who got breast implants claims Dr. Adams and Euclid Outpatient Surgery Center were responsible for "mental, physical and nervous pain and suffering" according to TMZ. Update X Another lawsuit has emerged. Dr. Adams had to pay $100,000 to a woman over a botched breast augmentation, during which he left a sponge inside, reports TMZ.