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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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longagain    

Was his real name Patrice Neal?

976 days ago
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j    

Smh.

976 days ago
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nancy    

this is a shocker !!! rest in peace heavy! so sad ...

976 days ago
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Sarcia    

DAMN! WTH happened? My sympathy goes out to his family, frineds and love ones. RIP HD!!! Damn what happened?

976 days ago
5.

craig     

he was the overweight lover

976 days ago
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Arcadia Rink    

To a great musical icon. R.I.P.

976 days ago
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goosling    

sad!

976 days ago
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Twitter.com/T_M_    

RIP Heavy D!!

976 days ago
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NightOwl    

Wow, great talent and a nice guy. RIP

976 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Alot of people dying in the last couple of weeks.

RIP

976 days ago
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juggaloszuch    

INSTEAD OF FINDING LOVE HE SHOULDA BEEN FINDIN WEIGH*****CHERS

976 days ago
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Vanilla Vice    

I'm so so sad. In tears. 1st Andy Rooney, then Joe Frazier, now Heavy D. Celebrities seem to ALWAYS pass away in 3's. God help his family. So young. RIP Heav. Damn!

976 days ago
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natasha    

nooo RIP

976 days ago
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That's Right    

Every life is precious and it's so disrespectful for folks to post negative comments when a soul has left this world. RIP heavy D, my sincere coldonences to his family and friends. Thank you for the music

976 days ago
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queen_of_english    

he also made an appearance in 'tower heist' as one of the guards. he sent me the most amazing tweet in 2009. i hope the universe blesses him abundantly.

r.i.p. mr. big stuff!

www.fabruary.com

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