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Cousin investigated in death of Kanye West’s mother calls himself a doctor while running medical training company

The US Sun
The US Sun

A COUSIN of Kanye West, who was at the center of a row over the death of the superstar rapper’s mother, is calling himself a doctor while advertising healthcare courses online.

Stephan Scoggins, 59, is a registered nurse who was allegedly overseeing Donda West’s care when she returned home in 2007 after grueling cosmetic surgery that included liposuction, a tummy-tuck, and breast reduction.
Kanye West's cousin Stephan Scoggins is spotted for the first time in years Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Scoggins was caught up in controversy following the death of the rapper's mom, Donda, in 2007 Credit: Social Media

The plastic surgeon who operated on her, Jan Adams, later blamed Scoggins for her death, although he was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.

Now as Kanye, 44, promotes Donda – the long-awaited album he has named for her - The Sun can reveal that his cousin is using the title “Dr. Stephan Scoggins."

Seen for the first time in years in exclusive photographs obtained by The Sun, he is running ESTEEM, a company that markets classes in nursing care.

His two websites, and, boast that he trains budding medical professionals in “a variety of state certified continuing education classes.”

They include the care of patients on ventilators, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and blood withdrawal.

For $300, he offers a “Comprehensive Guide on Managing Wounds” that “addresses the body's anatomy and physiology, defines the skin and distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy skin.”

The firm’s website declares that Scoggins has a master’s degree and doctorate degree in Public Health and is currently completing law school.


Contacted for comment, Scoggins told The Sun: "I appreciate the call but I am not interested in participating in an interview.

"I appreciate the call and I hope you have a great day."

Scoggins later clarified over email that the title of doctor that he is using on his website comes from his doctorate in Public Health rather than from being a medical doctor.

This comes after The Sun traced him to a $1 million villa near the fashionable Palm Springs Racquet Club.

State records show that Scoggins retained his nursing license after he was cleared by an official investigation into Donda’s death, which came just a day after the operations.

The California Board of Registered Nursing found allegations against him were “not sustained.”

Dr. Adams was also cleared of any responsibility.


The coroner concluded Donda “died from some preexisting coronary artery disease and multiple postoperative factors,” including painkillers and tight bandaging of her chest, which may have limited her breathing.

The 58-year-old was suffering from high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and cardiac artery blockage and had been advised against the operations – which took over five hours – by another doctor, who warned she might have a heart attack.

In 2015, the controversy was renewed, however, when Adams lashed out at Scoggins, claiming that the nurse was in charge of Donda’s care and neglected his duties.

Adams claimed that Scoggins didn’t follow through on promises to install monitors in Donda's bedroom, and he allegedly left her in the care of untrained friends while he went to a baby shower.

Donda choked on her own vomit after swallowing as many as 20 painkillers, according to Adams, who added: “Her nurse wasn’t there.”

Scoggins strongly denied the account and produced an email exchange with Donda on the evening before her death which he said proved she never expected him to take charge of her recovery.

“Don’t hesitate to let me know if you need anything,” he wrote.

She replied: “If you could come by on Friday evening or even call, that would be great.”


The hitmaker is currently living inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium as he finishes the album that he is naming after his mom.

The 22-time Grammy winner, who was married to Kim Kardashian, has been holed up at the sporting venue since holding a bizarre official unveiling of his 10th album there and plans to stay until he is done.

Donda was originally scheduled to be released on Friday but is now expected to be out on August 6.

Scoggins has claimed that Kanye doesn’t blame him or Adams for what happened to his mom, explaining: “We’ve never had a cross word.”

Aside from offering healthcare courses, Scoggins is available as a motivational speaker.

He is also a singer, with his online biography stating: “His family is rooted in the entertainment industry.

“His mother, Minister Shirlie Scoggins Sullivan, directed a choir which included members of the GAP Band and actress Alfre Woodard, and his first cousins, The World Famous Tony Williams and Superstar, Kanye West, all proudly watch as Dr. Scoggins uses his gifted voice as a ministry.”
Kanye is currently completing his much anticipated 10th album Donda Credit: Getty
Plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams pointed the finger at Scoggins over Donda's death but both were cleared of any responsibility Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner
Kanye's new album will be a testament to his late mother Credit: Coleman-Rayner

Comments / 33

Joy P.

Yea those are a lot of surgeries all at the same time in the same day, but some people will do anything to look the way they want to look. No matter what it takes. She had health conditions that made it risky to get those surgeries.

Bay Lincoln

See what the man do Kanye West have big Concert made all that money got all these people love him and they want to break his spirit they want him to run around and act crazy they want bring up his mother that's what they do ya'll gotta have to learn the game and be strong And they do that to regular people

Annette Hayes

well they keep it in family may her soul rest in peace but Kanye need help and very bad🤬


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