(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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