News: Heavy D Still Inspires After Death, Bio Doc Airing This Weekend

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 6:11PM

Written by Biz Jones

Fans of the late Heavy D will get a chance to learn more about the music mogul in a new documentary, Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D, set to air over the weekend.

According to reports, the doc will feature a special line-up of celebrities including Mary J. Blige, MC Lyte and Will Smith.

The hour-long documentary includes interviews and testimonies from entertainment heavyweights including Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Brett Ratner, MC Lyte, and more. Viewers will hear stories about the late rapper from his family and other artists who formed early hip-hop including Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow. Interviews include Queen Latifah reflecting on Heavy D as a mentor and Will Smith discussing their early beginnings together in hip-hop and Hollywood. Fans will experience how his music impacted hip-hop and pioneered the way for other MCs, and will also enjoy performance footage including Heavy D's last televised performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on October 11, 2011. (Market Watch)

Last month, Terror Squad leader Fat Joe reflected on Heavy D's unexpected passing last fall.

"It was a sad occasion when Heavy D passed. He's somebody I look up to. He was a mentor, somebody who really inspired me growing up," Joe said in an interview. "Being a big person Heavy D was doing it so big I've always admired him so it was a sad note -- I had confidence. I felt like I was looking at TV and I seen a guy Heavy D and I'm Fat Joe from The Bronx. And I was dancing like him and it made me feel confident about myself. And I felt like fat guys could do it." ("106 & Park")

In late December, Heavy's cause of death was finally revealed.

An autopsy performed on rapper Heavy D, who collapsed and died suddenly on Nov. 8, found that the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, according to the report released Tuesday. The coroner's office found that Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as Heavy D, died of a blood clot in his lung. He also suffered from deep leg vein thrombosis and heart disease. The blood clot was "most likely formed during an extended airplane ride," said Craig Harvey, chief of the Los Angeles County department of coroner. The rapper had recently returned from a trip to London. (Los Angeles Times)

Around mid-November, initial autopsy results were inconclusive.

Results of a post-mortem into the death of rapper Heavy D have been inconclusive in determining why he died last week. The Los Angeles coroner's office has deferred judgment on how the rapper died suddenly at the age of 44. Last week, a coroner's spokesman said there were no illegal drugs found in his Beverly Hills home. Toxicology results have not yet been released. Heavy D's funeral takes place near New York on Friday. Heavy D died on 8 November after being found unconscious at his Los Angeles home. (BBC)

Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D is slated to premiere Sunday, February 26th at 11 PM EST.

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