When an ostensibly healthy man passes away at the age of 44, as rap legend Heavy D did last week, finding an answer to explain the tragedy is often first and foremost on the minds of family, friends and fans.
An attempt to establish a cause of death for Heavy D has of yet been unsuccessful, and the results of the autopsy have been deemed inconclusive pending toxicology reports. Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter commented on the results of the autopsy, stressing that no illegal drugs were found near the rap star’s body, but that Heavy D had seen a doctor the day prior for a cough and that he had been prescribed medicine to treat it. Winter did not disclose which medication the artist may have been taking prior to his sudden death, and the Los Angeles Times notes that such testing is common when a relatively young, relatively healthy person passes away without warning.
The day he died, November 8th, the rapper went shopping, and experienced some difficulty breathing before he collapsed and was unable to be revived. At the time, police said in a statement:
“Upon arrival, officers discovered a male, 44 years old, conscious, communicative, but having difficulty breathing.”
A star-studded sendoff is planned for Heavy D on November 18th in his hometown of Mt. Vernon, NY. P. Diddy and Rev. Al Sharpton are expected to speak at the memorial service. The network BET is planning to honor the late rapper as well at Sunday’s Soul Train Awards, and Curtis Blow, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, DJ Eddie F and Whodini are expected to participate.