Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D, died today at 44 years of age.
About 1pm PST, TMZ confirmed Heavy D was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after a call was made from his Beverly Hills home.
The rapper who rose to fame in the 90’s for hits such as ‘Now That We’ve Found Love’ and ‘Jam’ fell unconscious in his home around 11:25am PST but was conscious and speaking some time later. Heavy D was rushed to hospital but died shortly thereafter at the hospital. No obvious foul play is suspected.
The hip hop community remains in shock over the untimely death of a great artist. Many sent their condolences via twitter. See a few below:
@MissJillScott: Oh my heart aches!! In shock. Can’t believe Heavy D is gone. Such a positive sweet hearted man. Please pray for his daughter.
@UsherRaymondIV: This is too heavy, I can’t believe it. HEAVY D was just here. Truly gone too soon. My heart and support goes out to his family. R.I.P HEAVY
@Tyrese: I was just on stage with him. Now he’s gone.. His last tweet 16 hours reads.. “Be inspired” @HeavyD ? I can’t believe I’m writing RI-HEAVEN!!!
@Common: Heavy D was…no…is one of Hip-Hops finest. Your art and contribution will live 4ever brother! #RIPHheavyD
The latest update from TMZ implies Heady D may have died from pneumonia complications:
“Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing. Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress. Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911. Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse. People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that. Law enforcement sources tell us … no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was “medical.”
Another source told TMZ: Heavy D had pneumonia.
Heavy D performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards last month.