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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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Very, Very Tacky TMZ on your closing Line about this story.    

Very, Very Tacky your closing line about this story - Have some sympathy.

2208 days ago
47.

brazen weep    

I will pray for the death of everyone close to whoever wrote that last sentence. Die, @ssholes, die.

2208 days ago
48.

Veronica    

Whoa. Thats extremely tasteless. I dont think PEREZHILTON would even stoop so low at the time of someone's loss.
Horrible.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Yamin Family.

TMZ - low flipping blow. whoever wrote this needs to get their a$$ kicked.

2208 days ago
49.

Sarah Lee    

TMZ is awful to insert a bad joke in this story - VERY tasteless! SHAME ON YOU JEW-BOY FOR ALLOWING THIS!

2208 days ago
50.

Melissa    

TMZ- seriously, show some respect for those that are mourning the loss of a loved one. To say that "like his mother, he will never be heard from again" is just wrong.

Virginia is praying for you Elliott!

2208 days ago
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K10    

I've never made the effort to comment before, but this time I have to. TMZ really crossed the line this time. Have a little tact, and maybe even pretend like you have some kind of compassion when reporting a story like this

2208 days ago
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armysoldiergirl    

yo' leave that man alone in his time of sorrow! atleast he tried to go and pursue his dream and mybe with his mom looking down on him she'll guide him through. oh and also is that a pic of him with spit rolling in his mouth

2208 days ago
53.

Disgusted reader    

I don't think you guys could have handled it any less professional!! This was not only RUDE but DISGUSTING. NICE TMZ VERY NICE. God rest her soul and bring her family peace in their time of need

2208 days ago
54.

michelleb    

Realy low, not funny and mean. Elliott's Mom was a doll who loved and supported her son. Karma is a mfer and will bite the butt of whoever wrote this.

2208 days ago
55.

K    

He has always been kind and gracious and has been through bad times. Not everything you report is clever & funny. Grow up.
And by they way your show sucks!

2208 days ago
56.

CM    

I seriously would expect TMZ to post an apology on how you pharshed the last sentance. It makes me sick to my stomach to know that you can say something like that, and write it off like its suppose to be funny.
The man lost his mother. Show some friggin respect. Tmz is turning into a smut site. Im serioulsy thinking of boycotting tmz forever now. this isnt the first time ive seen a rude comment that was appalling.

2208 days ago
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Very, Very Tacky TMZ on your closing Line about this story.    

Very, very Tacky TMZ. Who ever approved the last line to this Story should really be ashamed of themselves. You know what they say charma is a Bitch - wait until she comes back around to bite TMZ in the Ass.

2208 days ago
58.

Doctor Harvard.    

tmz you just lost a fan...shame on you.

2208 days ago
59.

TGARLAND    

WHAT A BITCH! I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT TMZ WOULD GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HURT SOMEONE...SHE WAS A LOVELY WOMAN...ELLIOTT DIDN'T DESERVE TO BE DISRESPECTED THAT WAY...WHO EVER WROTE THAT ARTICLE NEEDS THEIR ASS KICKED!!

2208 days ago
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Mrs.Monroe    

TMZ, how insensitive can you get? His mother died. You should show some respect. RIP Mrs. Yamin......

2208 days ago
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