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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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106.

Mulholland Drive    

Heard a report that it was a massive stroke.

1077 days ago
107.

nicole    

Such a huge loss, he was amazing.I grew up to heavy d he will be sadly missed.

1077 days ago
108.

tmzreader    

#RIPHEAVYD ✿✿ You will be more than missed. I grew up listening to you and was amazed to see you on the BET Awards. You were a great rapper, actor, dancer and overall entertainer ✿✿.~~~~ BLESS UP!!! ✿✿

1077 days ago
109.

JoseLizette_NJPhilly    

" the overweight lover's in the houseeeee"
" the overweight lover's in the houseeeee"
loved him. still will,siempre papito ahora RIP.

we love you heavy.siempre.Que hermosa y' true caballero en vida.he definitely went to heaven. what a real man this guy was talented,success,story and a great man PERIOD.


mOST Beautiful BMW Redhead over at Facebook

1077 days ago
110.

Brion    

Now,we reminisce over you,Big brother! Rest in peace.

1077 days ago
111.

CommonSense    

RIP Heavy... and for all the IGNORANT COMMENTS about his weight, you OBVIOUSLY had not followed him for the last TEN years because he'd slimmed down CONSIDERABLY to get more acting roles. IGNORANCE is NOT BLISS!

1077 days ago
112.

Brion    

For all the comments about his weight,he could outdance EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU HATERS! **** OFF!

1077 days ago
113.

Charlie Winner    

Ba-DiddieyDIddleyDiddely-Dead! I always liked baby got back.

1077 days ago
114.

Michael    

I bet it was a DVT-Deep Vein Thrombosis. He was heavier and just had a long trip from here to England and then back again. That's when they happen.

I liked his songs.

1077 days ago
115.

Rach H    

Damn. May he rest in peace. :(

1077 days ago
116.

De Hybrid    

I send my condolences to his family and friends. He was one of the true innovators of hip hop and he will be missed. RIP Brethren from a fellow brother from the Caribbean.

1077 days ago
117.

IRIS    

they say death comes in 3

1077 days ago
118.

Brigitte    

Oh man. He just did a bit on Law & Order: SVU and was looking good. Tragic. Too young!! RIP.

1077 days ago
119.

Omega Flame    

R.I.P. Heavy !!!

1077 days ago
120.

Faye Henry    

The Myers Family have my deepest sympathy. Remember we never walk alone. The time comes when those whom we have loved the longest and the best will travel far ahead into a place of joy and rest. For memories travel with us toward the happy destination where we will join our loved ones in eternal celebration. May God Bless Heavy D Family. He will always be near you in your heart.

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