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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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Stacie    

Whaaatt?? :(

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32.

ThatGirl    

What a loss. Love your music. RIP.

1024 days ago
33.

Bill Leslie    

Let me guess, he died while jogging right?

1024 days ago
34.

rieux     

Rip Hip hop star !!! Heav reggae joints are tight chk'em out

1024 days ago
35.

M    

That's sad, he used to live next to my grandparents in New York and I met him as a kid. RIP

1024 days ago
36.

Barbarascy    

I cannot believe it. I just saw him on BET performing. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Heavy!

1024 days ago
37.

Kendra Williams    

He will truly be miss. R.I.P. my brother

1024 days ago
38.

GOD    

Death via bacon :(

1024 days ago
39.

max    

Whoa. That's heavy.......too soon?

1024 days ago
40.

Tim    

I doubt he was the "one of the most influential rappers of the '90s."

1024 days ago
41.

Kiaundra    

Damn everybody dying. RIP Heavy D you will be missed. And my prayers go out to the family. Diddly diddly diddly diddly diddly D

1024 days ago
42.

Glenda in Texas    

RIP Mr. Heavy D. Condolences to his family and friends.

1024 days ago
43.

Hector    

after hearing him in the 90's I liked his music even when he appeared on a movie with dennis farina can't recall the name and even on a tv show I will miss his music and remember don't curse

1024 days ago
44.

steve    

RIP Heavy D.. we will miss U :(

1024 days ago
45.

riceroni    

This is sad news indeed! R.I.P. Overweight Lover!!

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