Rap legend Heavy D died yesterday at the age of 44. He was one of the most influential rappers of the ’90s. Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to a hospital around noon yesterday in Los Angeles. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM Pacific Time. There was a 911 call placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home. The caller said someone was unconscious on a walkway. When an ambulance showed up, he was conscious and speaking, but died a short time later.
According to TMZ, Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing. A designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress. He cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911. He 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. Police are investigating the death. So far there aren’t any signs of foul play.
Heavy D had huge hits, including “Now That We Found Love.” He also wrote and performed the theme song for In Living Color. He also acted in the movie Life. He had just performed at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales last month – he sang “Jam” with La Toya Jackson.