Heavy D, the rapper whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers, is dead at the young age of 44, according to TMZ. Heavy D was the heavyset rapper and actor known for his dancing and tongue-twisting rhymes.
TMZ is reporting that a “911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway.” He was rushed to the hospital this afternoon and pronounced dead around 1:00 p.m. The police said there are no suspicions of foul play.
Heavy D’s death comes almost a month after a comeback performance at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, when he performed a medley of his best-known singles, among them “Nuttin’ But Love,” “Is It Good to You” and “Now That We Found Love.”
Heavy D was born in Jamaica, and moved to Mt. Vernon, NY, when he was a child. Heavy D & The Boyz, the group which he fronted, was the first act signed to Uptown Records. The group enjoyed widespread fame in the early 1990s, and scored prominent cameos on hit songs with Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Heavy D also appeared on the theme song for the popular sketch comedy show, In Living Color.
But tragedy befell the group at the beginning of its commercial success. Troy Dixon, known as Trouble T Roy, died in an accident at a show. His death was the inspiration for Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” which is widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time.
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