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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. 

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I remember on July 1, 2010, waking up to my leg being in excruciating pain and then going to the doctor. Thank goodness that she ordered an ultrasound to rule out a clot...because as it turns out, it WAS a clot! I was able to start treatment that day.

It's all about being in tune with your body and insisting on an ultrasound if you're feeling an unusual pain in your leg! It could save your life!

903 days ago

cherlene powell    

rest in paradise my cuz. i will forever love the person you were.

765 days ago


I grew up with Heave D, love him....Rest in Peace sweets....!!!!

763 days ago

German Rigesti    

Heavy D's Pulmonary Embolism from a DVT was likely due to the fact that he had OSA, Sleep Apnea, which made him prone to be "Hypercoagulable", sad that none mentions this terrible disease.

324 days ago
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