Heavy D, one of the most influential rappers of the 1990s, died today in California. He was 44-years-old.
TMZ reports that Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to an LA Hospital at around noon after a neighbor called police to report an unconscious man on the walkway to D’s Beverly Hills home.
When police arrived, Heavy was reportedly awake and talking. He was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The police are currently investigating Heavy D’s death, but at the moment they do not suspect any foul play.
Heavy D, who was the leader behind the influential band Heavy D & the Boyz, voiced hits like “Now That We Found Love,” “Who’s the Man,” and the theme song for “In Living Color.”
E! reports that Heavy D looked healthy a few weeks ago when he performed his “Nuttin’ But Love,” “Is It Good to You,” and “I Want Somebody” at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
“Man. I was just with Heavy D recently in London, Had I known it’d be the last time I’d see him, I woulda told him he was truly great. RIP…”
Here’s Heavy D’s “Nuttin But Love.”
Sean Kingston wrote:
“R.I.P Rap legend Heavy D One Of The Most Influential Rappers Of The ’90s Era… Smh Another Sad Day For Music You Will Def Be Missed Man.”
The Game wrote:
“Rest In Paradise to a GOOD FRIEND & legendary hip hop icon Dwight Arrington ‘Heavy D’ Myers. Damn life sometimes !!!”
Heavy D influenced a generation of rappers. 16 hours before his death, Heavy D sent one last message to his following.
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