BREAKING: Heavy D Dead At 44

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News: BREAKING: Heavy D Dead At 44

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 5:31PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran Heavy D has reportedly passed away Tuesday (November 8) at the age of 44 following an emergency 911 phone call from his Los Angeles home.

While details are still coming together, Heavy D's death has been confirmed.

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. (TMZ)

The 300 pound rap veteran reportedly caught pneumonia from a recent trip.

Myers had reportedly just returned from an overseas trip where he caught pneumonia. Heavy D was most widely know for his role in the hip-hop group Heavy D & The Boys, which included G-Whiz, "Trouble" T. Roy, and Eddie F. Known for hit songs like "Nuttin But Love" and "Now That We Found Love." (Baltimore Sun)

Heavy's last Twitter message posted Monday (November 7) night.

"BE INSPIRED!," Heavy tweeted Monday. (Heavy D's Twitter)

A few weeks ago, Heavy D performed at the annual BET Hip-Hop Awards.

The big winner at the fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards last night was, as we predicted, "Look At Me Now," taking home Best Hip Hop Video, Reese's Perfect Combo Award, Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse (Busta Rhymes), andPeople's Champ Award powered by Verizon. But the performance of the night went to future VH1 reality star T.I.. Sure, we loved the cypher, and we will always cheer for a performance by Heavy D, no matter how inexplicable, but T.I.'s homecoming performance won the night. (VH1)

Heavy D is most known for his decades run within the music industry.

Hip-hop's original overweight lover, Heavy D parlayed an eminently likable persona and strong MC skills into a surprisingly lengthy career, in tandem with his backing group the Boyz. Weighing in at over 250 pounds, his girth could easily have become a one-note premise, but he varied his lyrical concerns to include positive message tracks and fun-loving party jams, and exuded a genuine warmth and respect for women without getting too graphic or sentimental. Musically, his appeal was just as broad -- he was able to mix elements of R&B, reggae, dance, and pop into his music, but his raps were quick-tongued enough that he avoided the accusations of selling out that dogged many other crossover successes of his era. (All Music)

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