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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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Captain Obvious    

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

What a horrible and unprofessional thing to say..dont you corporate as*holes have a heart??
Sorry for this poor man's loss, losing a parent is always a terrible tragedy.

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sorry for your loss    

"who, like Mrs. Yamin, will never be heard from again." WHO EVER WROTE THIS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES! shame on you 10000x's

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TMZhires13yearolds    

Wow.......a twofer. TMZ displaying their crassness and obsession with American Ido all in one fell swoop.

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Anonymous    

TMZ's Comment: 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.

That is very rude comment TMZ at the time when a AI contestant lost their mom. How would you feel if the same were said back to you.

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laughin' in Malibu    

wow...way outta line TMZ!

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Joni    

TMZ, that is very low, even for you. He adored his mother. How very sad for him.

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whatever tha fu*!/rockergirl    

-------------------------------Is this an april fools joke !?---------------------------------------

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Jeb    

Real classy TMZ. Real classy.

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24.

stoopit    

whomever wrote this article is gonna get bitch slapped by karma. that was just out of line.

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Angie    

Elliott, my prayers are with you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Talon    

TMZ should show some respect during this time od sorrow. That last sentence was crude and unacceptable. Pathetic excuse for journalism.

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27.

Donna    

You guys are definitely a** holes...
And we wonder why our country is in such disrepair... It's due to rude disrespectful animals like you... I hope you all enjoy your currently fat pay checks... because the one thing you guys won't be enjoying - is the karma that you have created for yourselves from this.... Horrifying - just horrifying

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28.

kdm    

Tasteless, heartless, sickening, obnoxious...... You and your staff of nobodies are pretty bold hiding behind your lenses, blogs and website. What goes around comes around, and I hope you people get yours.

2365 days ago
29.

ian    

That statement was uncalled for. I have been a fan of TMZ since it started but am not sure I will be anymore. You should be ashamed.

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hello777    

Incredibly out of line, inconsiderate and cruel comment.

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