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9 November, 2011@9:55 am

TMZ has revealed that pioneering hip-hop icon Heavy D, aka Dwight Arrington Myers, has passed away at age 44, suffering from respiratory issues. The website reports:

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.”

Heavy D was one of the first rappers to bring hip-hop into the mainstream in the late 80′s and early 90′s, with hits like “We Got Our Own Thang” and “Now That We Found Love”, as well as performing the intro to The Wayans family’s comedy sketch show In Living Color. Heavy D was also responsible for introducing the world to Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, with Pete being a producer on the 1989 Big Tyme LP. Heavy also spit the classic line “Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth was on stage drinking Cisco” on “Gyrlz, They Love Me”, to be later sampled by Pete on their early single “Mecca & The Soul Brother”. Their hit “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” was written for Trouble T-Roy, a member of Heavy D & The Boyz who died in 1990.

Pete Rock told MTV news, “No words can describe the sadness I feel inside my heart. Hev was my biggest cheerleader, introduced me to the game and he Dwight Errington Meyers p/k/a Heavy D most importantly was my family. This is a very sad night for me. He was good to be true.”

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13 Responses to "R.I.P. Heavy D"
  • JasperDickey says:

    To a small town kid who was the only one into Hiphop Heavy D. proved a big man could rap/dance his ass off. Peace Hev, and thanks for the lessons.

  • I'm at work and bored says:

    I grew up listening to heavy d. We got our own thang & You can’t see what I can see were my shit. RIP

  • roy bogart says:

    Big Tyme is one of my all time favorite albums!! I was blessed to see him live once: hell of a preformer. I will miss him dearly

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