News: "There Were Things He Could Do To Make Money & Then There Were Things He Wouldn't Do No Matter How Much"
Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 11:08AM
Just months after the tragic loss of rap icon Heavy D, family members have come forward to reflect on the Heavyweight Lover's lasting legacy and potential comeback plans.
According to close friends and family, Heavy embodied what a good-hearted person was.
"A wonderful spirit and he was comfortable in his skin," said Glen Parrish, a member of Heavy D and the Boys. Standing 6-feet-3-inches tall and still light on his feet, Heavy D earned the respect of some of the biggest names in Hollywood, such as like Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Sean "Diddy" Combs. Yet those who knew him best say Heavy D was a man of integrity. "There were things he could do to make money and then there were things he wouldn't do no matter how much money it was. His image and his reputation meant the world to him," said Floyd Myers, Heavy D's brother. (New York 1)
His brother also said the late rapper placed high emphasis on health.
"My mind is always going, 'What if he could've did this?' or 'Maybe it could've been stopped?' Your head just starts to think crazy," said Portia Myers Davis, Heavy D's sister. "He was healthy, he ran 12 miles a day," said Floyd Myers. At one point, Heavy D lost more than more than 100 pounds and was on a strict diet. He took time off to raise his only child, 12-year-old Xea, and at the time of his death was working on a new album. "Too young, too soon, too unexpected. Even now, it's real, it's not real. It still seems to be somewhat of a dream," said Demetrius Davis, Heavy D's brother-in-law. (New York 1)
In January, Terror Squad leader Fat Joe reflected on his 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")
A month prior, 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)
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