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The plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West’s mother the day before she died abruptly walked off “Larry King Live” Tuesday during a scheduled interview with the talk show host.
Dr. Jan Adams said he initially agreed to speak with King to clear up what he said were inaccurate reports about him in the media.
But he said West’s family asked him not to appear on the CNN show.
“I have a tremendous amount of love and respect for the West family and they have asked me not to go on,” Adams said. “And I’ve said from the very beginning, I don’t have a side in this. They are my side and so I’m going to respect their wishes.”
As Adams got up from his chair to shake King’s hand, the TV host asked whether he will ever answer questions surrounding Donda West’s death.
“When they’re comfortable, then I’ll be comfortable. If they’re never comfortable then I’ll never be comfortable,” Adams said, referring to West’s family.
“They are what’s important to me. I said that from the start and that’s what I’ll continue to honor,” he said.
Adams’ brief television appearance came several hours after a funeral service for Donda West in Spencer, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
West, 58, died at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Nov. 10, the day after she underwent breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction procedures.
Adams told the Los Angeles Times Monday that he thinks he knows why she died, but he’s holding off commenting.
Donda West may have died of a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or accidental overdose of painkillers prescribed after the procedures, Adams told the Times.
Adams suspects one theory in particular but said he wouldn’t elaborate until the coroner issues an official cause of death.
“I believe I know exactly what happened to her, but I will not comment on it until I see the final report,” he said.
The coroner has said early indications suggest she died from surgical complications. An official cause of death won’t be determined for weeks, pending the results of toxicology and other tests.
Adams said he thinks it’s possible she died of a drug overdose because he had prescribed Vicodin after the surgery.
West “probably (had) a rough night” after the operation and had complained of pain the next morning, he said.
The newspaper said Adams later claimed he wasn’t speculating about her case specifically, only a hypothetical patient with similar problems.
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