Surgeon who operated on rapper’s mother arrested

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Times Staff Writer

The Los Angeles plastic surgeon who operated on rap star Kanye West’s mother before she died last year was arrested in Solano County early Thursday on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.

Dr. Jan Adams was stopped by the California Highway Patrol after it received calls about 2:41 a.m. of a car traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 near Benicia after using an offramp to enter the freeway, officials said.

To CHP officers, Adams, who lives in Laguna Beach, appeared to have been driving his 2004 Jaguar XJ8 under the influence of alcohol.


He was booked into Solano County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level above the state’s 0.08% limit and driving on a suspended license from a 2006 DUI conviction, officials said.

When Donda West, 58, died in November after a breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction performed by Adams, the Medical Board of California was seeking to suspend or revoke Adams’ license because of prior alcohol-related arrests.

Adams told The Times that nothing went wrong Nov. 9 when he performed the procedures.

An autopsy report found that she probably died of heart disease and complications from the plastic surgery.