(AllHipHop News) Kelly Mayhew traveled from Maryland to New York in order to get black market body enhancements. The 34-year-old BET Network freelancer ended up losing her life after receiving butt injections in a “makeshift medical clinic” located in a Queens basement apartment.
The New York Daily News reports Mayhew and her mother visited the location where the unlicensed medical procedure was performed. The mother told police Mayhew started struggling to breathe after the silicone was injected into her buttocks. She later died at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
Mayhew reportedly received five previous injections, and she was referred to the Queens illegal practitioner by a friend. Sources claim the dubious surgeon did not live at the residence where the injections were taking place, but a nurse’s aide had resided at the apartment at one time.
“Some of [the women] had weird butts. I knew something was going on but I couldn’t put my finger on it,” said Joan Doyle, the owner of the house.
A spokesperson for New York City’s medical examiner’s office has stated Mayhew’s initial autopsy was inconclusive, but the ME is conducting further studies. Police are investigating Mayhew’s death.
The suspect that performed the injections fled the scene. The person that supposedly connected Mayhew to the “doctor” has since erased her social media accounts, according to Daily News sources.
“Our heart goes out to her family and we extend our deepest sympathies for their loss,” said BET spokesman Jamie Owens in a statement.
Mayhew is not the first woman to die after getting butt injections. Tamara Blaine died in NYC in 2013, and Wykesha Reid died in Dallas earlier this year.
Butt augmentation has become a very popular procedure in recent years. Several female celebrities have been suspected of having the surgery done.
Watch WPIX’s report on Kelly Mayhew death below.