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Tuesday
Dec272011

Long Flight Killed Rapper Heavy D

Stride Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- A pulmonary embolism brought on by a long flight killed rapper Heavy D, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office released Tuesday.

Heavy D (real name: Dwight Arrington Myers) collapsed and died suddenly outside his Beverly Hills home on Nov. 8 at age 44.  His cause of death was a blood clot in his lung, but he also suffered from deep vein thrombosis and heart disease.

Craig Harvey, chief of the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, said the blood clot was “most likely formed during an extended airplane ride,” according to the L.A. Times. The rapper had recently returned to L.A. from a trip to London. Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, include long distance travel with little mobility, obesity, and immobility from an acute illness or surgery.

Initially, it was reported that the rapper and actor suffered from pneumonia, and that the illness may have played a part in his death. A toxicology report found that Heavy D had cough syrup in his system but determined it did not contribute to his death.

Heavy D was one of the most influential rappers of the 1990s. He was the leader of the hip-hop trio Heavy D & the Boyz, which gained mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show In Living Color. Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jackson’s “Jam” and Janet Jackson’s “Alright.”

In recent years, Heavy D focused more on TV and movie appearances. He made a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller’s 2011 film, Tower Heist. Heavy D performed at October’s BET Awards, his first live performance in 15 years.

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Friday
Nov182011

Heavy D's Funeral: Obama Sends Letter of Condolence

JIM RUYMEN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rapper Heavy D, who was known for his free-flowing, playful hip-hop style, was remembered by family and friends -- and President Obama -- in a funeral service held Friday in New York.

Last week, the 44-year-old rapper collapsed outside his Beverly Hills, Calif., condominium.

He was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Nov. 8.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers," the president wrote in a letter, which the Rev. Al Sharpton read at the service.

Singers such as Diddy and Usher attended the service held at the Grace Baptist Church in Heavy D's hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Heavy D was returning from a mall at around 11:30 a.m. and was climbing a set of stairs at his condominium when he experienced trouble breathing, according to the condo staff, who tried to help him to his home.

Ed Winters, a spokesman for the LA County coroner's office, told ABC News last week that medication for flu-like symptoms were found in Heavy D's home, although Winters declined to name the medication. He said no illegal drugs were found.

Born Dwight Arrington Myers in Jamaica, Heavy D was the youngest of six children. His mother Eulahlee, a nurse, and father Clifford, a film technician, moved the family to Mount Vernon, N.Y., when he was young.

Heavy D seemed poised for a comeback before his unexpected death.

Last month the rapper, known as the "overweight lover," turned up on the BET Hip-Hop Awards, his first live appearance in 15 years.

At 6 feet 3, Heavy D once weighed more than 300 pounds, but in 2005 he shed 160 pounds for the lead role in the Hollywood stage production Medal of Honor Rag, produced by Will Smith.

In September, he digitally released his ninth and final album, Love Opus.

He also made a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller's new movie, Tower Heist, as his focus had shifted in recent years to TV and movie appearances.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Diddy to Speak at Heavy D’s Funeral

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Sean Combs, aka Diddy, is planning to speak Friday at the private funeral of rap legend Heavy D in Mount Vernon, New York. 

Diddy issued a statement saying he was “heartbroken by the passing of my dear friend,” according to the New York Daily News

The statement went on to say, “He was a wonderful human being, who inspired and paved the way for a hip hop generation. We were like brothers -- I will miss him more than words can express.”

On Monday, Heavy D’s family released their first public comments on the rap pioneer’s death.

 “Hey had great love for his family and friends. He was a kind and giving spirit who extended and shared himself with everyone who crossed his path,” the statement said, adding he had a “heart of gold” and his greatest joy was being a father to his 13-year-old daughter, Xea.

“Though Hev will most notably be remembered for his work both behind-the-scenes and in the forefront, he will always be remembered by us as a generous soul who remained humble and unselfish till his final days,” the statement said.

Heavy D., born Dwight Arrington Myers, died last week at the age of 44 after collapsing outside his Los Angeles home of apparent respiratory distress. 

The Los Angeles Times
 reported that the L.A. County coroner’s office deemed autopsy results inconclusive, and officials are now awaiting the results of toxicology tests.  There will be a public viewing of his body Thursday at Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon followed by Friday’s burial.  Rev. Al Sharpton is also expected to speak at the private service.

Mary J. Blige, who worked with the “Nuttin’ But Love” emcee while he was with Uptown Records in the ’90s, said of Heavy D in a statement, “He was one of the people in my life who always had something inspiring and encouraging to say.  He was so joyful and optimistic…His talent brought so much joy to our lives. I love you and miss you, Heavy.” Blige is reportedly expected to attend the funeral service as well.

BET is said to be planning a tribute to Heavy D at the November 27 Soul Train Awards.  Expected participants include Curtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty by Nature, and others, according to Billboard.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Report: Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

JIM RUYMEN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Rapper Heavy D died Tuesday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, ABC News affiliate KABC has confirmed. He was 44.

Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was one of the most influential rappers of the 1990s. He was the leader of hip-hop trio Heavy D & the Boyz, which gained mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show In Living Color. (The song was first “In Living Color,” Heavy D & the Boyz later recorded a new theme, “Cause That’s the Way You Livin’ When You’re in Living Color.”) Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jackson’s “Jam” and Janet Jackson’s “Alright.”

In recent years, Heavy D focused more on TV and movie appearances. He made a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller’s new film, Tower Heist. Heavy D performed at October’s BET Awards, his first live performance in 15 years.

In pop culture, Heavy D is also remembered for his mention in the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 hit single “Juicy” in the line, “Salt’n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine.”

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