As celebrity friends and fans react to the untimely passing of hip hop hitmaker Heavy D, reports emerge the rapper was trying to get healthier in the months leading up to his death.
The 6’4″ star weighed more than 300 lbs. when he died, but was working out hard at some Los Angeles area gyms to shed excess pounds. At one gym, Ultra Body Fitness, trainers who worked with Heavy D a impressive reported six to seven days a week have erected shrines to the recently deceased rap legend. TMZ reports:
One of his most recent trainers — a guy named Tony, who helped Heavy D lose 150 pounds in 2008 — tells TMZ, D stopped in to Ultra Body Fitness in West Hollywood 3 months before his death … and began to re-strategize his training program… At that point, sources close to Heavy D tell us, the rapper embarked on a daily running regimen and frequented several other nearby gyms to diversify his exercise experience — incorporating everything from hiking to boxing.
The death of the influential rapper- real name Dwight Arrington Myers- at the age of 44- came as a shock to celebrities and fans alike, who took to Twitter to eulogize Heavy D. Fellow 90’s star MC Hammer tweeted:
“We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what’s good about the world.”
Rapper and mogul Diddy added:
“Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry… He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did. My Heart is Broken. Pls pray for my man Heavy D and his Family. PLS #RipHeavyD love you Boy. 4ever”