Will Kanye change the cover of his new album now? Image: AFP
Fans were in for a shock when Kanye West revealed the album cover of his upcoming LP, but there is one man who is genuinely unhappy with the announcement. And he is none other than the man whose photograph the rapper was planning to put up on the cover — cosmetic surgeon Jan Adams, who operated on Kanye West's mother Donda a day before she died on November 10, 2007.
Adams has now issued an open letter, expressing his displeasure over the Gold Digger hitmaker's proposal. "I ask that you cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work," he wrote towards the beginning of the letter.
He also asked West to "forgive and stop hating as with true love comes intellectual honesty."
Adams further stated that the coroner was unable to determine whether mistakes he made contributed to Donda's death, and concluded by saying that Kanye's anger or ill will against him is misguided.
"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. Love deals with the truth," Adams added, pointing to possible negligence on West's cousin Stephan Scoggins' part in the coroner's report.
"Everyone can get past this but you have to be intellectually honest," added Adams.
Reacting to Adams' note, Kanye reposted it on his social media page.
"Open letter from Jan Adams. This is amazing. Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can't wait to sit with you and start healing," he tweeted and shared the letter with his fans.
Open letter from Jan Adams This is amazing. Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can't wait to sit with you and start healing pic.twitter.com/rlRGBZObOF— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 30, 2018
In January 2008, the Los Angeles coroner had determined that Donda died of heart disease while suffering from "multiple post-operative factors" after plastic surgery. However, the autopsy failed to determine the exact role the post-op factors played in her death following liposuction and breast-reduction surgery.