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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rapper Heavy D dies at 44

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Heavy D, the former leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz, has died at the age of 44.
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According to TMZ, a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday to report an unconscious male on the walkway. The rapper was rushed to a hospital and was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. PT.
Police are investigating his death, but there are no signs of foul play.
Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, broke into the music industry with "Living Large," his first record with the Boyz, in 1987.
He is known for hit songs like "Nuttin But Love" and "Now That We Found Love." He also recorded theme songs for the television series "In Living Color" and "MADtv." In recent years, D recorded a series of reggae fusion albums.
Heavy performed at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on Oct. 8. And he also had a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller 's new film, "Tower Heist."
Biography: Hip-hop's original overweight lover, Heavy D parlayed an eminently likable persona and strong MC skills into a surprisingly lengthy career, in tandem with his backing group the Boyz. Weighing in at over 250 pounds, his girth could easily have become a one-note premise, but he varied his lyrical concerns to include positive message tracks and fun-loving party jams, and exuded a genuine warmth and respect for wom… Read more

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