Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who performed cosmetic surgery on Kanye West's mother the day before she died, has written an open letter to the rapper, after West revealed he plans to use the doctor's photo as the artwork for his new album.
Over the weekend, Kanye shared a photo of Jan Adams and said he wants to use him as the artwork for his next album cover because “I want to forgive and stop hating.”
Kanye's mother Donda died in 2007 of heart disease and “multiple post-operative factors” the day after Adams performed liposuction and breast reduction surgery on her.
Kanye has been carrying the hurt for 11 years but said he's willing to heal by forgiving Adams. But Adams is not in support of being used as his album cover.
Approached by The Blast, Adams issued an open letter in which he confirmed his intention to seek a cease-and-desist warning against the rapper using his image.
"I ask that you cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work. I don’t want to seem ungrateful, I just think that if in fact this conversion to love is genuine on your part… then it’s inappropriate to drag the negativity of the past with it," Adams wrote.
Adams also points to the Los Angeles Coroner’s report into Donda West's death, which subsequently cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Adams writes: “The Los Angeles coroner determined that Donda died of heart disease while suffering from 'multiple post-operative factors' after plastic surgery.
He also blamed Kanye’s cousin Stephan Scoggins, claiming that he left the rapper’s mother alone after surgery when he was supposed to be the primary caregiver.
In conclusion, Adams wrote: "So if your journey is true to 'forgive and stop hating'….start by dealing with the facts. Perhaps you should put your cousin’s picture on your next album. Don’t put my picture out there and claim you are about love”.
On response to the open letter, Kanye West shared screenshot of the letter on Twitter and wrote:
"Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can’t wait to sit with you and start healing."
Read the full letter below.