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Heavy D

Dead at 44

11/9/2011 5:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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5:12 PM:  An associate of Heavy D's just told us the rapper had pneumonia.

4:28 PM:  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."

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Rap legend Heavy D -- one of the most influential rappers of the '90s -- died earlier today ... TMZ has learned.

Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.

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.

Cops are investigating the death -- and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play. Police are currently at the home.

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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."

Heavy just performed at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on October 8. He sang "Jam" with La Toya Jackson -- and rocked it (video below).

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Eddie F -- one of the founding members of Heavy D & the Boyz -- issued a heartfelt statement about his longtime friend ... saying, "We were only young kids out of high school when we got into the game just wanting to make fun music filled with love and excitement."

"We always had so much fun as a group. I cherish all the happy times we had together while unknowingly helping to build the movement and legacy we call Uptown Records" ... adding, "I love you Hev and we all will miss you so much."

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bring back recent posts    

.....sad....sucks....death is never a fun process to get too...

1046 days ago
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Lesley    

One of the greatest rappers. RIP Heavy D <3

1046 days ago
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Connor James    

He lived a very long life for a gansta.

1046 days ago
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Pixey     

RIP Heavy D. We will miss you.

1046 days ago
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Quinn Stone    

Sadden and shocked at the news of his passing. My condolence go out to his family and friends. RIP Heavy D. Your mission in life is complete rest easy for you will continue to live through your work.

1046 days ago
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Brooke    

Sounds like a pulmonary embolism. I had the same thing and I am lucky to have survived!

1046 days ago
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Eric B.    

it's a sad day today :(

one of the good ones from the old school hip-hop dayz had 2 go

R.I.P. & much love 2 heavy D.

1046 days ago
143.

oleman    

who? never heard of him

1046 days ago
144.

BP    

juggaloszuch is an *******. That's all I gotta say.

1046 days ago
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WomanRising    

The Greatest around are starting to leave us. First Smoking Joe, now Heavy D. R.I.P. HEAVY & SMOKIN

1046 days ago
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s moore    

Heavy D, rest in peace, sad to hear you've passed!

1046 days ago
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Floatry    

Heavy D you will be truly missed on this earth. R I P you will not be 4 gotten. So Sad So Sad So Sad***

1046 days ago
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Floatry    

RIP Heavy D and my condolences goes to your family YOu will be forever remembered and truly missed. You are in great hands with our father. We have nothing but love for you. Gone But Not For Gotten****

1046 days ago
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Muppet    

Pneumonia is nothing to mess with. The poor man :( RIP

1046 days ago
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lat11698    

"Man is not defiled by what goes into his mouth but by what comes out of his mouth". This is for those who has, will or is thinking about putting a negative comment about the death of Heavy D or any other person who has lost their lives. You would have to have a black heart to say something cruel about someone who has passed. What about their family who may be reading these comments? Aren't they suffering enough? You know who you are!

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