Rapper/Actor Heavy D died yesterday evening in Los Angeles at the age of 44.
Born as Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D was most notable for his music career in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s for being a part of the rap group Heavy D and the Boyz.
The Los Angeles coroners office has yet to announce the official cause of death for the late rapper, but around 1p.m. yesterday afternoon, he was rushed to an area hospital after having chest pains after walking up a flight of stairs. Sources say he was alive when he arrived at the hospital, but he died a short time later.
In addition to his musical credits, Heavy D has an extensive amount of television appearances. His TV credits included guest spots on Living Single, Bones, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, as well as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He was also a regular on NBC’s The Tracy Morgan Show in 2003. Heavy D also wrote and performed the theme songs for two sketch comedy shows for Fox, In Living Color, and MadTV.
Heavy D also just appeared in the recently released movie Tower Heist starring Eddie Murphy.
Just last month, Heavy D performed on stage for the first time in 15 years on the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Heavy D will be missed dearly by the musical industry as one of the pioneers of the 90’s rap genre. His memory will live on in his music, as well as through repeats of the shows he appeared on.