Millions of people around the world have been mourning the loss of Heavy D since his surprising death last week. President Obama, apparently, was one of his biggest fans. Obama sent a letter to Heavy D’s family after his death. The note was read today at the funeral.
According to the Associated Press, Xea Myers, Heavy D’s 11-year-old daughter, read a portion of Obama’s letter during the funeral. The letter read:
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
The service was held at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York. Usher, Queen Latifah, Don King, Q-Tip, John Legend and Rosie Perez were all in attendance.
“He became my friend. He became my brother, and I’m not talking about friend-brother like we cavalierly use the word, I’m talking about a real friend, a real brother… Somebody I shared my dreams and my secrets with, somebody that’s been there for me at my lowest point, my darkest hour when nobody wanted to be beside me.”
Heavy D died last week at the age of 44. According to the Huffington Post, he died due to complications from pneumonia.
Here’s Heavy D’s “Nuttin’ But Love”
Are you surprised that President Obama wrote a letter to Heavy D’s family?