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Mom of Former "Idol" Finalist Sings "My Way"

4/1/2008 4:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The mother of "American Idol" contestant Elliott Yamin died last night in Richmond, Va. She was 65.
Elliot Yamin
Claudette Yamin had been hospitalized over the weekend -- so far, no cause of death revealed. She recently returned to her home in Richmond from L.A., the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Yamin finished in 3rd place in 2006 on "Idol," behind Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks.

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debbe    

Rude!

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YONKERS, NY    

IM SORRY FOR HIS LOSS.

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I was half an inch away from doing it this weekend.    

TMZ... be nice.

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summertime    

That is so sad. They were very close. God Bless you Elliott!

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babygreens    

Uh, that was kind of cruel.

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just wondering    

...how the flip low can u go?????????????....DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!...sorry for ur loss Elliot.

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Victoria    

That last sentence should really be altered. It's cruel, and an exercise in bad taste.

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Jon    

Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip and Hollywood Rumours.

This is none of the above.

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Liz Kelly    

Elliott-- I'm so sorry to read of your loss. I was a huge fan of you and your mother's during "AI", she seemed to be such a sweet woman. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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christina duncan    

ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING they way that you phrased that.

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Betty    

"... who, like Mrs. Yamin, will never be heard from again."

Could you have said anything less classy than that? I don't think so. Nice way to respect the dead. You should be ashamed.

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whatever tha fu*!/rockergirl    

Ok, I do feel sorry 4 him, my sympathy, but why is this news !? I mean his mom died, not him and he was a finalist.

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Mary Worth    

My prayers and condolences to the Yamin family.

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Rachel    

"Yamin finished in 3rd place in 2006 on "Idol," behind Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks -- who, like Mrs. Yamin, will never be heard from again."

Really? That was pretty mean. The man's mother just died and you find it neccessary to insult him? Not funny. Just plain disrespectful.

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Renee    

It's nice that TMZ reported on the passing of Elliott's mom, however the joke at the end was out of line. It is never in good taste to make a joke and mention someones passing at the same time.

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