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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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pj    

he will be missed by all.rip heavy d

975 days ago
362.

anthony     

Rest In Peace heavy D from Kenya

975 days ago
363.

Zebra Sapphire    

OMG! He really performed great. Did he know he was sick or not? R.I.P rest in paradise

975 days ago
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IBE UKOHA    

Now the curtains have closed on this great performer and entertainer, His sun is set. His work is done, his role is finished. All we have of him shall be memories and his works. More important than wealth and possession is the work we do for all mankind to enjoy. Rest in peace brother, I love you and will always miss you. Thank you for the happiness you brought to us, may you also be happy eternally.

975 days ago
365.

gh    

really encouraging...

975 days ago
366.

sam s     

I'd say he was more influential in the late 80's an era is slowly coming to an end and the world doesn't produce originals anymore RIP Mr. Big Stuff

975 days ago
367.

ciaran    

At least that would clear the music business of that rubbish,a fatso probably chocked on a triple cheeseburger like a good american.useless singer,crap music,who cares

975 days ago
368.

LILY    

lOVED HIS MUSIC. WHAT HAPPENED? NO MORE DIDDLY DIDDLY D!!REST IN PEACE HEAVY-YOU WILL BE MISSED!!

975 days ago
369.

cutlip    

never heard of him

975 days ago
370.

Felicia Knight    

My heart is just Omg....I can't believe this :'-(

975 days ago
371.

Tahira    

Truly a Rap icon of the 80's and 90's ...Thanks for great music and collaborations with Supercat...esp "Dem dont worry we"...May your be at peace with God...

975 days ago
372.

Tara Wright    

R.I.P. Heavy D! Gone But Never Ever Forgotten. I Will Always Remember You As The OverWeight Lover Heavy D Because When That Song Came Out Back In The Day My Friends Started Calling Me The UnderWeight Lover T-LoveSki! The Good Die Young. May God Bless The Family Of Heavy D.

975 days ago
373.

Rodney Holsten    

That is my guy said an so'''''''

975 days ago
374.

Laylaa Piersall    

Aw man his was my boy right there why he have to go

975 days ago
375.

shaun    

i grew up on heavey d

975 days ago
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