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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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DOSH    

RIP.......
World Best. Rapper.Heavy D.
You are always in my heart.

892 days ago
407.

Mt Vernon Dude    

We will miss u back home in Mt Vernon. You put us on the map son. RiP.

892 days ago
408.

Rap Legend     

http://youtu.be/TzGlud-EBRg Heavy D

892 days ago
409.

smileandshine    

My thoughts and prayers go to Heavy D's daughter, family and friends! Rest in peace!

891 days ago
410.

damond    

he's a wonderful actor and great rapper.

891 days ago
411.

brian owens    

Being a true b-boy that carried true hip-hop to where it is today.From danceing aganist to going to the shows to hear what was said to people just talking over music. Hev was a MC that skills that made being a lady's man easy. You play his music with a girl and she could vibe with you and not feel discrimated from his lyrics.Check out his song to Nike a tribute to his fav. foot wear

891 days ago
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gina    

Its crazy we just seen on the bet awards doing his thing. you will be missed heavy d!! *LIVE N DA SKY*

#1 REASON ARTIST DON'T GET SIGNED- GO TO WWW.MUSICINDUSTRYINFORMATIONCENTER.COM

891 days ago
413.

Gwen    

RIP....Heavy D

891 days ago
414.

Ebony Diamond    

Heavy sweetie you'll be miss very very much. you were one of my most respectable raper. you did it with know disrespect toward woman or negative influence on kids.
R.I.P Babe.

891 days ago
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cristy counts    

You will be missed Heavy D your talent in the music industry was remarkable. RIP may God bless you and your family.

891 days ago
416.

Heavy Heavy Fan    

LOVED Heavy D back in the day and used to party up a storm to his tracks. I used to call him the "dapper rapper" because he was always so fresh and so clean. Great lyrics, fantastic delivery style, and a smooth dancer. On top of it all, seemed like a really nice guy with good morals and a good head on his shoulders. Always respectful to women. My sister and I met him briefly after he performed in a play in L.A. years ago. He was gracious and fun. Bon diddly diddly dee! We will MISS YOU!!

891 days ago
417.

Heavy Heavy Fan    

LOVED Heavy D back in the day and used to party up a storm to his tracks. I used to call him the "dapper rapper" because he was always so fresh and so clean. Great lyrics, fantastic delivery style, and a smooth dancer. On top of it all, seemed like a really nice guy with good morals and a good head on his shoulders. Always respectful to women. My sister and I met him briefly after he performed in a play in L.A. years ago. He was gracious and fun. Bon diddly diddly dee! We will MISS YOU!!

891 days ago
418.

WILLIAM    

He should give hope to those that are not attractive or musically talented, in the traditional sense, can sometimes make it. I assume hardwork and dedication were keys his his success RIP

891 days ago
419.

BSweet    

RIP Heavy D! Thanks for the tunes, Man. You are gone too soon.

891 days ago
420.

Cindy K.    

Not only was D "Heavy", but an athletic and limber performer as well. Had so many struggles, but kept on keeping on. Really respected him. I'm still "Heavy" after all these years!

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