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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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'Dougie' Rapper M-Bone Killed in California Drive-By

David Becker/WireImage(INGLEWOOD, Calif.) -- Cali Swag District member Mante "M-Bone" Talbert, 22, was killed in a weekend drive-by shooting in his hometown of Inglewood, Calif., police said on Monday.

Cali Swag District rose to fame in 2010 with their hit song "Teach Me How to Dougie," inspiring everyone from Wolf Blitzer to NBA star John Wall to show off their own version of the classic dance craze, "the dougie." The group had been recording tracks for an upcoming album in their hometown of Inglewood, when "M-Bone" was shot and killed.

Talbert's manager told ABC News that Talbert was taking a break from the recording session to drive out to a store to get something to drink, when another car pulled up beside him and an unidentified person fired two shots, hitting him in the head.

Inglewood police said Monday that Talbert was found in his car at a liquor store Sunday night, and died at a hospital.

It was not immediately clear whether police had a suspect or possible motive.

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G-Funk Singer Nate Dogg Dead at 41 

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nate Dogg, who rose to fame as part of the West Coast's G-Funk rap scene, has died at the age of 41, reports MTV.  The cause of death was not announced, but Dogg, whose birth name was Nathaniel Hale, had been suffering from health issues following two major strokes, one of which left him partially paralyzed.  According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, his family announced his death on Tuesday.

Nate Dogg was a founding member of the rap group 213, which included a then-unknown Warren G and Snoop Dogg.  He was eventually featured on Warren G's smash "Regulate," and Dr. Dre's landmark 1992 album The Chronic. A four-time Grammy nominee, Dogg was also heard singing the hooks on Ludacris' "Area Codes," Eminem's "Shake That" and Dre and Snoop's "The Next Episode." His solo albums included 1998's G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, which featured Tupac Shakur, Snoop, Warren G and Daz Dillinger.

Following Nate's death, Snoop Dogg tweeted, "We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B.  One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was sophomore at Poly High where we met. I love you Buddy Luv. You will always be with me forever and a day, you put the "G" in G-Funk, you put the 1 in 213 and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with."  He added, "I miss you, cuz, I am so sad, but so happy I got to grow up with you and I will see you again in heaven, 'cause you know the slogan...All doggs go to heaven."

Ludacris and Daz Dillinger also tweeted their condolences at Nate's passing, as did Game, Xzibit, Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu.

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