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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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421.

Cindy K.    

Not was D just "Heavy", he was a limber performer. His crew has been through so much over the years. He brought back fond memories. I'm still "Heavy" after all these years...

1040 days ago
422.

justina byrdfrench    

heavy was a great talent and i will always remember his music.i was priveledged 2 c him in concert in his early days when he came 2 l-ville ,ky.,my prayers go out 2 his loved ones and friends!REST IN PEACE HEAVY D.u will be missed.

1039 days ago
423.

charlee    

sounds more like a blood clot to me...so sorry

1038 days ago
424.

trina vigers    

RIP HEAVY D SO YOUNG UNEXPECTED MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY .... HE WILL FOREVER LIVE ON ...

1037 days ago
425.

DARLENE YOUNG    

I CANT BELIVE HE GONE I GREW UP LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC EVEN THOUGH I WAS A FEW MONTHS OLDER THAN HE WAS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO HIS FAMILY. YOU WILL BE SOOOOO MISSED IN THE MUSIC INDUSRTY AND BY ALL YOUR FANS AROUND THE WORLD. YOU ARE TRULY WHAT RAP MUSIC WAS ALL ABOUT IT WAS REAL MUSIC LOVE U HEV

1037 days ago
426.

bernard diggs    

i am a big heavy d fan and alway will b heavy diggs

1037 days ago
427.

Leesa    

Rest In Peace Heavy D!! You was a true wonderful and beautiful person!! You will truly be missed always!! I will always LOVE YOU HEAVY D!!!!

1035 days ago
428.

SWEET TEA    

why don't they remove the stupid in-sensitive remarks how would they feel if it we're they're love one? rip hev.

1035 days ago
429.

Terrry Dupree    

There is so much sorrow in the world...Heavey D's (Dwight) Wake and Funeral was today. I just want to say to his family....you all know that we will miss him so much now and forever. Know that he is in the Right Hand of God and resting in peace.

1035 days ago
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Ramondo L. Gaines    

Heavy was one of the best I ever heard, he was "The orignal individual smooth criminal he dance a lot dance a little and he never gave the minimum.....

1033 days ago
431.

J    

so sorry to hear that heavy d passed away I wish his family peace and understanding. I know he will be missed on this Holiday.

1033 days ago
432.

crystal marsden    

i remember heavy d and the boys when i was a teenager and dancing to there songs in the rollerrink sockhop so sad to here of his passing.......heart felt warmths to his family and close friens he's taking care of you ppl now from above rest in peace HEAVY D

1030 days ago
433.

Judy    

Heavy D: DEBUTS - OFFICIAL HEAVY D TRIBUTE SONG BY BLACKPRESS RADIO.COM
Song: Peaceful Journey by Tribute Song by 4-6 Tre Group - Mount Vernon, NY
BlackPressRadio.com) - November 18, 2011 - Mount Vernon, NY – BlackPressRadio.com was granted the exclusive opportunity to make the International Debut of the Official Heavy D Tribute Song penned by 4-6-Tre Group out of Mount Vernon, NY., the hometown of late Heavy D. (Dwight Errington Myers).

See Interview below and listen to the words of this wonderful song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=bWTChvv0tJw

We can never replace such an Legendary Icon in the Music Industry. We sadly missed and love you Hev!

1027 days ago
434.

Mark Trezise    

Heavy D's real name is Dwight Errington Myers.

1024 days ago
435.

willy maingrette    

one love heavy D u was the best and u always be the greatest. rest in peace my brother.

1023 days ago
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