Stars Come Out For Funeral Of Donda West
Surrounded by his friends and family, Kanye West arrived at the True Vine Ministry church on Tuesday, to lay his mother to rest.
Early Tuesday morning, flowers poured inside the church, which can accommodate up to 2,500 people.
It was a solemn day as a white hearse, carrying the body of Dr. Donda West arrived and her coffin was carried inside.
Inside the private service, John Legend accompanied a performance by Anita Baker, a source at the funeral told Access Hollywood. Common also reportedly performed. Other stars also came out to lend Kanye their support including Beyonce, Jay-Z and Fonzworth Bentley.
During the three-hour service, Kanye addressed the mourners, the source told Access. Kanye reportedly thanked the masses for their love and support. He also said that if his mom was looking down on the funeral, she would have demanded he get up and speak, the source said.
After the service, a black horse drawn carriage transported her silver casket to the cemetery. The source told Access about 15 family members, not including Kanye walked behind the carriage. Kanye reportedly followed behind the walkers in a white stretch limo.
Donda West was interned in a mausoleum. Only immediate family was allowed inside for the moment. At the end, doves were released into the night sky the source said.
The evening before, Kanye took to the stage in Brussels, Belgium, paying tribute to his mother. He spoke out about continuing to tour in her memory.
“If she was here, she would tell me to get on that stage and kill it,” the rapper said.
Her father, Oklahoma City civil rights leader Portwood Williams Sr., told The Oklahoman newspaper, his daughter was a great person.
“We were real close — very close,” Williams said. “She was just number 1. One in a million. We have four children, and I’ve never heard them have an argument with each other. She was just a number 1 person.”
Donda West, 58, died as the result of possible complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure.
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