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Heavy D

Dead at 44

11/9/2011 5:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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."


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.

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).


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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wow! I thought he was so hot! BIG BOY!

1077 days ago


Just listened to your song Sunday bro. Always remember you. Rest in peace.

1077 days ago

Willie B    

Good bye Heavy D, see you in heaven!! R.I.P

1077 days ago


LaToya looked like Ace Frehley (KISS) in the tribute video. Inspired by the spaceman himself?

1077 days ago


RIP Heavy....You will be truly missed..

1077 days ago


Great man, artist, and influence.

1077 days ago


Sad story from start to finish. Some of you old skool hip-hop fans might remember that early on, one of his dancers "trouble-t" died, if I remember correctly, from falling off a stage. To see people make fun of his weight right now, for a cheap laugh, in the face of this mans death, I think speaks volumes as to how wicked, lonely and sad some of you are. Truly, human pieces of ****. God bless Heavy-D. One of coolest tapes I ever bought back in the day, 91 or 92.

1077 days ago


WOW that sux ! one of the last cats with skills & not just a gimmick.. RIP Big fella

1077 days ago


Wow rest in peace hev we were shocked to hear this because we grew up in NYC in the 80's and 90's listening to you.we are heartbroken right now We love you heavy D and you will never be forgotten may you always RIP.

1077 days ago


Heavy D you will be greatly missed. May God Bless and lay his hands on your family to give them strength to be strong.

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1077 days ago


Heavy D - real name was Dwight Arrington Myers. Can you read? It's the seconf sentence in the story.

1077 days ago


papi you will be missed big time.. we all love you big time...<3<3

1077 days ago


am so sorry to hear about Heavy D i was always playing his music RIP Heavy D GOD Bless YOU

1077 days ago

Hristo Gambostin    

ain't nobody gon' be like Waterbed Hev!! RIP

1077 days ago
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