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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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16.

HumanNature    

R.I.P. THE BIG "D"!!!


Nuttin' But Love

1082 days ago
17.

nuintown    

Good thing Conrad has an iron-clad alibi

1082 days ago
18.

Pockets    

maaaaaaaaaan~...

1082 days ago
19.

Greygoose125    

Heavy D was a talented man who will be missed - Rest in Peace.

1082 days ago
20.

Meyer Jr Family    

We r shocked 2 hear this we loved his music may he R.I.P.

1082 days ago
21.

TheLavishStore    

I can remember that video at the beginning of "One More Chance" By Biggie Smalls and Heavy D was at the door denying folks entry. Heavy you were part of the map to where HipHop has become. A HipHop Pioneer has passed.

1082 days ago
22.

Tasha    

R.I.P. Heavy D.. You fly with the angels now, and you are looking down upon us now!! Love you always!!

1082 days ago
23.

Anji Stone    

My deepest condolences goes out to the family of Heavy D. He played an instrumental role in the world of Hip Hop..and has been one of many inspirations to me as a person...He will be missed...R.I.P. Heavy D

1082 days ago
24.

jrwes    

R.I.P. Heavy D---Your music will always be enjoyed by people and you will never be forgotten.

1082 days ago
25.

the real diva    

RIP HEAVY D...CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

1082 days ago
26.

Beau222    

Why does TMZ always have to word someones death as "Dead" at XX, it just sounds so harsh. Usually you see XXXX has died at XX.

1082 days ago
27.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

RIP Dude!!!

1082 days ago
28.

thrillticket    

R.I.P. Heavy D. You will always be my Mr. Big Stuff.

1082 days ago
29.

TheHOLETruth    

HEAVY D, and they haven't concluded the cause... would the word "HEAVY" be a clue.

1082 days ago
30.

Cheetara    

44 is awfully young, just goes to show, you never know when your appointment is. So don't waste it being an idiot (juggaloszuch.)

1082 days ago
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