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Heavy D

Cause of Death Revealed

12/27/2011 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Heavy D
Heavy D
died from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis ... and a long flight back to L.A. from a Michael Jackson memorial concert may have been a contributing factor.

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs -- most often caused by blood clots which travel in from other parts of he body. In Heavy's case, the clot was formed in his legs.

Days before Heavy died, he was on a flight back from Europe, after performing at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales.

Officials from the L.A. County Coroner's Office say Heavy also suffered from heart disease, which could have been a contributing factor in his death.

The Coroner's Office has classified the death as "natural."

As TMZ first reported, Heavy died on November 8, 2011. He was 44 years old.

Deep leg vein thrombosis is often associated with long plane flights, in which a clot can form due to prolonged immobility. 

Story developing ...

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1.

Sabrina    

Man, that sucks. I had a DVT and it hurt like hell (thankfully). I was only 22 - I'm glad I caught it before I met the same fate as Heavy D. RIP.

845 days ago
2.

Tim    

Nothing but love for ya baby

845 days ago
3.

Truth    

BASICALLY THE DUDE DIED FROM BEING OBESE ALL THESE DECADES. THE SYMPTOMS ABOVE RESULT IN MOST CASES FROM BEING FAT AND POOR DIET OVER MANY YEARS. EAT MORE VEGGIES FOLKS... STAY AWAY FROM THE DRINK, COKE, FAT STEAKS AND CHOPS, AND WANNABE HOMIE RAPPERS. #TRUTH!!

845 days ago
4.

DubstepDistribution    

Big Boy..big problems

845 days ago
5.

HumanNature    

RIP HEAVY D

845 days ago
6.

Phreaky    

Oh no! This means the family can't sue! There is no one to blame! They will be outraged. You gonna pay for dis?

845 days ago
7.

markamania    

After a first night out bar hopping DEBBIE tells
MARK that she has came to Montana with her 12
year old daughter BRITNI to kill herself and her
daughter on her 40th birthday. MARK, who is anti-
welfare authorities and law enforcement, is torn
between not wanting to go to the authorities and
saving the girls life decides after a little heart to
heart with BRITNI, that if he makes DEBBIE happy
maybe she won't go through with it, moves in with
them and beneath the backdrop of stunning Montana
beauty and raw honest dialog begins a long hot
summer of lust, madness, suicide and the last ounce
of human restraint after young BRITNI who's mother
uses as bait to keep Mark from leaving, begins a full
court press to seduce MARK for her own young
desires or some twisted revenge against her mother
for placing her in foster care most of her life, and or,
to push her mother over the edge.... The tension
between these misfits combines with taboo sexual
overtones with raw, intelligent dialog and flat out
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845 days ago
8.

Cartman    

My guess would've been Popeyes.

845 days ago
9.

Idontknow    

He probably had a seat in "coach." class. Every year they make the seats smaller and smaller, wonder how many people get embolisms and blood clots after being crushed in economy class. All for profit....

845 days ago
10.

lw    

There are a lot of ignorant comments. While those who are overweight are more at risk, you simply CANNOT definitively say that this happened purely because of his weight. I know someone who had DVT and she a) has always been very athletic and works out regularly and b) was diagnosed not long after a flight from Tokyo to LA. She almost died and she was a perfectly healthy person.

Obviously his weight didn't help matters. The coroner acknowledges that he had heart disease and it contributed but the fact is ANYONE can get DVT. Also, "wannabe homie rapper"? You sound like an ignorant, racist *******....and that's the "Truth".

845 days ago
11.

Mystery    

So.. a Michael Jackson concert killed him.

845 days ago
12.

Kita    

Most of you guys saying he died because he was fat are steroid freaks and need to go check your medical info. you get blood clots from poor circulation. his death could have been avoided by simply walking around the plane and getting his circulation going again. more than likely he sat the whole flight. poor diet has nothing to do with it, anyone can get a blood clot from poor circulation weather your 100 lbs or 300 lbs

845 days ago
13.

Flying Blind    

the MJ Concert curse begins!

845 days ago
14.

sean    

Hmm. Maybe those annoying people who are up walking around for the entire flight are on to something.

845 days ago
15.

Sonya in Tx    

Truth to power:

Lose weight folks. The life you will save will be your own.

845 days ago
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