Published Nov 08, 2011Details have yet to be delivered, but influential rapper Heavy D (aka Dwight Arrington Myers) died this afternoon (November 8) in an L.A. hospital. He was 44 years old.
TMZ reports that 911 received a call around 11:25 a.m. from Myers's Beverly Hills home reporting an unconscious male on the walkway. The rapper was allegedly conscious and speaking when paramedics arrived, but he died shortly after arriving at the hospital. It's unclear what the cause of death was, but authorities have apparently found no obvious signs of foul play.
Heavy D broke through in the late '80s as the leader of Heavy D and the Boyz, whose pop rap tunes included the New Jack Swing-styled "Now That We've Found Love" and the old-school hip-hop hit "Mr. Big Stuff." D also penned the theme song to the early '90s sketch comedy show In Living Color.
The "overweight lover" found success away from the Boyz as well, having guested on Michael Jackson's 1991 single "Jam," and led a successful acting career, appearing in films like Life, The Cider House Rules and as school counsellor Mr. Lick on Boston Public.
Heavy D released his final album, Love Opus, in September.