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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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Crystal Moore    

Heavy D will be missed

894 days ago
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bubbles    

Heavy D will be missed!,please no more ignorant comment's!one day you will die also!,and maybe not as peaceful as heavy D!SHOW RESPECT!

894 days ago
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MDenny    

RIP Heavy! =(

The world won't be the same with out you..

894 days ago
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Katrice Houston    

R.I.P Heavy D! You'll be missed but not forgotten

894 days ago
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Reggie    

Heavy D - One of the great "positive" rappers with an extraordinary gift of lyrical expression and originality that could not be imitated. I've been a fan since The Overweight Lover arrived in the house. You will be missed. God bless.

894 days ago
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joni keller    

I am shocked and saddened by the news. Heavy D was a rap icon in the music world he will be surely missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends, R.I.P. Big Man.

894 days ago
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shay    

HEAVY D HEAVY D HEAVY D....where should i start... you was a positive person...ur*****s was good just know you will truly b missed....R.I.P Heavy D

894 days ago
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TAWNYA COLEMAN    

R.I.P.HEAVY D MAY GOD BLESS UR SOUL....

894 days ago
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big hank    

A true class act. He will be sorely missed! RIP HEAVY!!!!!

894 days ago
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Spanish Gamberro    

Este tipo (Heavy D) ha muerto, como decimos en Spain, totalmente "atocinado". Si no entendeis esto , traducirlo de español y ya está.

See you later

894 days ago
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Leslie     

R.I.P Heavy D.

894 days ago
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Betty    

All good rappers are dead, Bad ones like Jayz are still alive :(

894 days ago
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joe blow    

Gee, I wonder if his death had anything to do with his rapper name "HEAVY". Maybe if he was Light or Medium D he would not have had a heart attack!

894 days ago
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GaGa    

Via Con Dios

894 days ago
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brucefrance    

R.I.P. Heavy D

894 days ago
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