Legendary Rapper Heavy D Dead at Age 44

Rucuss staffNovember 8, 2011

Rapper Heavy D, the former member of the hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz, died today at age 44.

The legendary rapper, whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles earlier this afternoon. He was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. No word on what the rapper died from but some speculate it was allegedly due to respiratory failure. Police are investigating his death but there are no signs of foul play.

TMZ reports:

We’ve learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

When help arrived, we’re told Heavy D was conscious and speaking — and was transported to a nearby hospital.

He died a short time later.

Law enforcement tell TMZ … Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing. Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress.  Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911.  Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”  When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse. People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that. Law enforcement sources tell us … no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was “medical.”

Heavy D had several massive hits — including “Now That We Found Love.” He also wrote and performed the theme song for “In Living Color” … and appeared as an actor in the movie “Life.”

Here’s one of Heavy D’s last performances during the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on October 8. He sang “Jam” with La Toya Jackson. Check out the video below.video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

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