Rapper Heavy D Dead At 44

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Rapper Heavy D has died at the age of 44.

Police responded to the 400 block of Maple Drive around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a man who had collapsed in the walkway of an apartment complex, the Beverly Hills Police Department said.

The rapper, who’s real name is Dwight Arrington Myers, was found conscious, but struggling to breathe.

Myers was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. It is unknown how he died.

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Myers was the lead member of the group Heavy D & the Boyz which rose to fame for the theme song for “In Living Color” and “MADtv.”

Myers also appeared in several television shows and movies, including most recently, “Tower Heist” with Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Myers was born on May 24, 1967 in Jamaica.

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  1. David Ponder says:

    RIP Heavy D

  2. Arnold T Pants says:

    Ahh, what a fun performer.

  3. P.H.I.L. says:

    RIP to a hip-hop legend, your memory lives on

  4. p says:

    RIP to a hip-hop legend you’ll never be forgotten.

  5. KDAY says:

    will miss you bidlybidlybiddly D

  6. Ask4CHerise says:

    Rapper Heavy D will be missed greatly! Joe Frazier (Famous Boxer) also was pronounced dead today.

    Rest in Peace Heavy D and Joe Frazier!

  7. Tex Sen says:

    RIP My boy Didley Dee! You helped take rap music from backyard parties to MTv and the Grammy’s. You helped give it credibilty and set standards that all new rappers have yet to tap into. You will be greatly missed.

  8. Anita says:

    R.I.P. HEAVY D. You will be missed

  9. yolanda says:

    R I P Heavy D my prayers go out to your family

  10. Christy Quarles-Franklin says:

    Gone way too soon… Sleep with the Angels Heavy D! You will truly be missed😦

  11. mandi says:

    Heavy D we will miss u n love all the famous hits u gave us to shake our booties n dance too!!! thank u heavy we love u n RIP

  12. Lache Jackson says:

    R.I.P. HEAVY D

  13. cheryl miller says:

    R.I.P. HEAVY D YOU WILL BE MISS.

  14. cheryl miller says:

    GONE TO SOON. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

  15. Fernando Bolaños says:

    RIP

  16. J says:

    From the boys in max. security lock up, respect, yo! You made prison yard culture legit. Woot!

  17. Bubba Redding says:

    He was such a legend that I never heard of him. He was a good looking guy, and I am surprised he never got a chance to date Khloe Kardashian.

    1. Eff says:

      You must be 10 years old.

  18. RIP says:

    Diddly, Diddly,Diddly, Diddly,Diddly,Diddly,D RIP Heavy D. You were on of the originals….

  19. Stubby says:

    It’s sad that any young man has to die, but at least there is one less rapper. These guys are the lowest form of life, spewing mumbo jumbo to the sound of a monotonous cadenced elementary tempo , condemning all that is good and decent is life.

    1. Karen says:

      Stubby – you don’t know about hip hop if you say that. The Godfather of Hip Hop, Afrika Bambaattaa seeks peace, understanding, wisdom and the truth. He uses rock and roll tracks (and r & b and soul and reggae) in his mixes because he wanted to be inclusive. The old school hip hop crowd have positive messages. Heavy D is from the old school. He was not a gangsta rapperl.

  20. Karen says:

    “I want somebody to love me for me, not because I’m MC Heavy D.”

    The overweight lover is in God’s House now. RIP Heavy D.

    I loved you for you.

  21. cookie says:

    GOD PLEASE BLESS HEAVY’S FAMILY R I P HEAVY NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR YOU.HEAVEN HAS THE OVER WEIGHT LOVER IN THE HOUSE

  22. charlie says:

    rip heavy d you did all that you had to do here on earth now it’s time for you to rest please res t in god hands to the famiily god bless you and thanks for giving us heavy d we really enjoy his dancing and rapping god bless

    charlie LB Ca

  23. Shawnta Elsey says:

    R.I.P IN PEACE

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