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Willi.i.am to fill in for Kanye at fashion show

Kanye West has pulled out of a performance at the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show following the death of his mother last weekend. Gabe Tesoriero, publicist for the 29-year-old rapper, declined further comment. The show, set to air Dec. 4 on CBS, was taping at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday. Will.i.am was filling in for West, said Hillary Siskind, publicist for the Black Eyed

Kanye West has pulled out of a performance at the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show following the death of his mother last weekend.

Gabe Tesoriero, publicist for the 29-year-old rapper, declined further comment.

The show, set to air Dec. 4 on CBS, was taping at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday. Will.i.am was filling in for West, said Hillary Siskind, publicist for the Black Eyed Peas frontman.

The Spice Girls were scheduled to make their debut reunion performance on the show.

West’s mother, Donda West, 58, died Saturday night at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey after she stopped breathing. She had undergone cosmetic surgery Friday in Los Angeles and had gone home.

An autopsy was conducted, but an official cause of death won’t be made for at least 1½ months, pending further tests, the coroner’s office has said.