The mother of former American Idol
star Elliott Yamin
has died, the Richmond Times-Dispatch
Claudette Yamin passed away on Monday night at the age of 65.
The cause of death has not been released; however, she was hospitalized over the weekend, the paper reports.
Yamin, 29, was the third runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol.
A message posted on Yamin's Web site
Monday by friend Brandon Crowe is titled: "May She Rest in Peace."
It reads: "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 prayers ... it’s helped us through the day."
A funeral service is planned for Wednesday in Richmond, Va., according to