Legendary Hip Hop artist Heavy D has died at the all too young age of 44. The “Now That We Found Love” MC reportedly died of respiratory complications in a Los Angeles hospital at around 1 pm local time on Tuesday.
The hip-hop star rose to fame in the late 1980s with his group Heavy D & the Boyz after they released their debut album, Living Large, in 1987. They went on to record the theme tune for hit U.S. TV show “In Living Color” before Heavy D branched out as a solo act.
He released a total of seven studio albums throughout his career and generated hits with singles such as “Got Me Waiting,” “Big Daddy” and his cover of The O’Jays’ “Now That We Found Love,” which was released in 1991.
Born Dwight Arrington Myers, the rapper was best known for his work in Hip Hop and R&B, however he also had a significant body of acting work under his belt. Myers recently made a cameo appearance in ‘Tower Heist’ with Eddie Murphy, whom he shared the screen with before in the 1999 comedy ‘Life’. Other roles include the 1999 Oscar contender “The Cider House Rules” and Fox’s high school drama “Boston Public”.
Heavy D had a reputation of being full of life and maintaining positivity all around him. He will surely be missed by family, friends, and fans.