Claudette Yamin, Mother of Elliott Yamin Passes Away

Very sad news from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Claudette Yamin, mother of singer Elliott Yamin, died last night. She was 65.

She had been hospitalized during the weekend at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Her cause of death was not released.

Last year, Claudette Yamin moved briefly to Los Angeles, but returned to the Richmond area in February.

“I went to see if I could rebuild my health, ” she said in a February interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (A broken hip had never fully mended.)

Fans remember Claudette  from Season 5.   She was featured  as Elliott’s feisty and beloved mom.   Elliott’s friend Brandon Crowe left this message on Elliott’s official fan site, Etrainstation:

The world lost a beautiful soul. I can’t go into any details at this time except to say that she went peacefully. Elliott wanted me to let you all know, but we are asking that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time.  We are all aware of your prayers, and we thank you. In lieu of sending flowers, we ask that donations be sent to the local chapter of the Richmond JDRF. Thanks again for all your support and’s helped us through the day.

Thoughts and prayers going out right now to Elliott, his friends and family…

ETA: After the Jump: Elliott’s Bad Day video from his elimination. Claudette is featured prominently

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