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Rapper Heavy D dies at 44


Rapper Heavy D has died aged 44

Rapper Heavy D has died aged 44

Rapper Heavy D has died aged 44

Rapper Heavy D has died at the age of 44..

A Beverly Hills police spokesman said Heavy D died in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after collapsing at his apartment building.

Officers were dispatched after receiving a report of an unconscious person laying on the walkway of a building. They found Heavy D was conscious and communicative but had difficulty breathing. He was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.

The spokesman said detectives found no signs of foul play and believe his death is medically related. He said Heavy D "was returning home from shopping. He experienced difficulty breathing while walking into his condominium building. He was being assisted up to his apartment by building personnel when he collapsed in an exterior hallway."

The last tweet from Heavy D posted Tuesday morning read, "BE INSPIRED!"

Dwight Arrington Myers, the rapper known as Heavy D of Heavy D and the Boyz, and his crew released their debut album Living Large in 1987. Their hits included Now That We Found Love, Who's the Man and Somebody For Me.

The New York-born rapper was one of the genre's most integral stars in the last 1980s and early 1990s, as it relied on new voices to fuel its growth in the mainstream.

He recently had a cameo appearance in Tower Heist, starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.

"I feel sick," tweeted rapper and actor Ice T. "Everyone should stop for a second, take a breath and realise how lucky you are to be alive, then appreciate every second with your loved ones."

"My heart goes out to the family and (loved) ones of Heavy D," tweeted La Toya Jackson, who performed with him at a tribute concert for Michael Jackson last month. "I am sooo sorry for your (loss)."