USA Today and the Richmond Times-Dispatch (supplier of the photo at right) are sadly reporting that 65-year-old Claudette Yamin, beloved mother of American Idol season 5 runner-up Elliott Yamin, has passed away.
The cause of her death has not been revealed, although it is known that Claudette had been suffering during the past year, due to complications stemming from a hip-replacement operation.
Anyone who watched season 5 of Idol knows how close Elliott and Claudette were, and how proud Mama Yamin was of her son's accomplishments. I will always remember how choked-up she got while riding in her Elliott's homecoming parade, and I'm just glad she lived to experience that moment.
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