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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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tmz posters dont know sh1t    

Damn that's messed up! And Heavy was one of the good guys in the industry! Never was with the gun talk, drug talk...and he came up in a time when rappers were way "realer" than they are now! I'm sure a couple of racists krackers are about to jump in this post & say "to hell with another thug ghetto rapper" but he wasn't that type! He was a good dude, know that!

1081 days ago
47.

Herman Co'CAIN    

cocaine is a helluva drug!!

1081 days ago
48.

JoeFrancis    

R.I.P.

1081 days ago
49.

mocha2009    

Wow, we just saw his cameo in Tower Heist this weekend! 44 is way too young. RIP Dwight!

1081 days ago
50.

3Storms    

Rest in peace, man.

1081 days ago
51.

Woot    

The Overweight Lover's no longer in the house. :o(

Rest in peace, Heavy. You made so many of my clubbin' years joyful and fun.

1081 days ago
52.

Jay W.     

Damn young! RIP Heavy

1081 days ago
53.

Renee Fischer    

You will be missed! RIP

1081 days ago
54.

Charlene Alexander    

I was so crazy about little guys growin up but when you stepped on the scene WOW. heavy d the heavy hitta. when I get there i know you'll be headlining the party. rest in peice

1081 days ago
55.

MzCandy2U    

RIP Joe Frazier and Heavy D...

1081 days ago
56.

joe    

Damn first smokin joe now heavy d heaven just got alittle brighter r.i.p. big guy.

1081 days ago
57.

Mike B    

Heavy D was one of the first, if not the first, rapper to say "Hey, I'm plump and so what... I'm fabulous and this is who I am". I can't help but think that he gave Biggie the confidence to come up with the legendary line "heart throb never, black and ugly as ever, however...". That influence has positively affected my generation.

I hate to see any of my heroes die off! However, Heavy D did more living in 44 years than many do in 84 years.

RIP, Heavy D. I'm hoping for a peaceful journey for you!

1081 days ago
58.

shenequa    

I am so sad we lost another legend in music i just so him perform, rest in peace heavey D god bless your family.

1081 days ago
59.

Jasmin    

RIP Heavy!!!

1081 days ago
60.

John    

90's wtf TMZ do your homework... 80's ... I was listing to HeavyD in 5th grade..

1081 days ago
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