Legendary rapper Heavy D passed away on Tuesday afternoon. He was best known for his hit Now That We Found Love, as well as his theme song for In Living Color. Heavy performed at the BET Awards just this past October.
A 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 am, according to TMZ. The caller reported an unconscious male lying on the walkway. When help arrived to the home, Heavy D was conscious and speaking, and from there, he was transported to a nearby hospital around noon. Unfortunately, by 1 pm, Heavy D was pronounced dead. He was only 44 years old.
Only hours before his death, Heavy D ironically tweeted an RIP wish to the late Joe Frazier, who passed away on Monday:
"SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER…RIP…truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED,MR FRAZIER!"
An hour after that, Heavy D Tweeted: "BE INSPIRED!"
At press time, the police are currently stationed outside of the rapper's home in Beverly Hills. They do not suspect foul play, but they are investigating his death.
Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, also recently performed at the Micahel Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on October 8. He sang Jam along with La Toya Jackson.
Heavy D was born in Jamaica and moved to New York at a young age. His group, Heavy D & the Boyz, were the first group signed to Uptown Records. Their debut album, Living Large was released in 1987 and became a hit. They really gained notoriety, however, with their gig singing the theme song for In Living Color. They also sang MADtv's theme. In addition to the rap solo in La Toya's Jam, Heavy rapped on Janet Jackson's album, Alright.
Heavy D was also an actor, having appearances in A Different World and Living Single. He also appeared in the off-Braodway play Riff Raff. In 2005, Heavy also had a small part in the drama Bones. He recently released a new reggae album via iTunes, called Vibes. Additionally, he has a cameo in the film Tower Heist, which is in theaters now. The rapper/actor promoted the flick via Twitter, writing:
"As soon as I land in LA I'm going to see Brett Ratner's #towerheist…who's coming?"
Heavy's performance at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards in October was his first live performance in 15 years.
RIP Heavy D.