Kanye West As Kanye West continues to recover at a Los Angeles hospital, TMZ has released a new report on one major event leading to the hospitalization. Sources claiming to be "very close" to the rapper tell the site that he suffered a "nervous breakdown" triggered by the anniversary of his mother Donda West's death. 10, 2007. Her funeral was held 10 days later. As TMZ points out, the anniversary of the funeral is the same day Kanye canceled his show at the Forum in L.A.