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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy D, the self-proclaimed "overweight lover" of hip-hop who became one of rap's top hit-makers with wit, humor and a positive vibe, has died. He was 44. Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills police said Heavy D died in a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday after collapsing outside his home.

Rosen said Beverly Hills police officers were dispatched to Heavy D's condominium building Tuesday morning 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 and was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.

Rosen said Beverly Hills 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, who frequently filled his timeline with positivity, was posted Tuesday morning and 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 and star power to fuel its phenomenal growth in the mainstream.

The deep-voiced rapper's earliest hit, "The Overweight Lover's in the House," played up his hefty frame. But while that nickname would stick, his weight did not become part of his shtick, like the Fat Boys. What drew people to his music was his singular style, which celebrated an easygoing, party vibe — sometimes humorous, sometimes inspiring and almost always positive.

"Most know Heavy D as a rap icon," said actor-comedian Tommy Davidson. "I considered him a brother who made an indelible mark on me as a performer and a human being. I miss him already."

In the mid-1990s, Heavy D became president of Uptown Records, the label that released most of his albums and was also the home to acts like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. He also created the theme songs for sketch comedy shows "In Living Color" and "MADtv" and acted on such TV shows as "Boston Public," "The Tracy Morgan Show" and "Law & Order: SVU," as well as in the films like "Life" and "Step Up."

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

Combined with the fusion of the "New Jack Swing" musical style, Heavy D was a constant presence on the charts, and also a go-to figure for several performers. He collaborated with such artists as Michael Jackson on the 1991 single "Jam" and the 1997 duet "Keep It Coming" with B.B. King.

"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). You will be in my prayers."

The late Notorious B.I.G., Questlove and Sean Kingston were just a few of the artists who counted Heavy D as an inspiration.

"We had a lot of great times touring together," tweeted MC Hammer. "He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world."

Heavy D wasn't as successful with his later Boyz-free albums. He attempted a reggae-fueled comeback in 2008 with the album "Vibes," which didn't contain any rapping. He returned to his lyrical roots on his latest album, "Love Opus," which was released in September, and he performed a medley of his past hits at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards last month.

"I'm so glad that we got to work together for his performance at last month's BET Hip-Hop Awards," said Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials. "Hev was focused, energetic and happy. He worked hard, as he always had, to excite the crowd. Our condolences go to his family and specifically his daughter who he doted on. He was a unique figure in hip-hop and will be missed."

He most recently had a cameo appearance in the new movie "Tower Heist," starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.


Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press
Published by Chicago Tribune on Nov. 8, 2011.
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God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
May 14, 2020
Heavy D you will forever be a missed superstar, godbless and your legacy lives on and on.
October 29, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to thecMyers family, may God continue to be with you.
RB
July 17, 2019
D.EVOTED TO HIS FANS
W.ONDERFUL
I.RREPLACEABLE
G.ENUINE
H.YPNOTIC
T.ALENTED

A.UTHENTIC
R.EMARKABLE
R.ESPECTED
I.NSPIRING
N.OETIC
G.REAT
T.REMENDOUS
O.UTSTANDING
N.OTEWORTHY

M.AGNIFICANT
Y.OU WERE ONE OF A KIND
E.XCEPTIONAL
R.EMEMBERED
S.PECTACULAR

YOU WERE MY FAVORITE OF ALL TIMES ♡

REST IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS DEAR ONE.

NEVER GONE, NEVER EVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN.
Lisa Murrey Ransom
January 19, 2019
H.YPNOTIC
E.NTERTAING
A.UTHENTIC
Y.OU ARE A LEGEND

D.EVOTED TO HIS FANS
AND THOSE HE KNEW AND LOVED.

YOU WERE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE RAP ARTIST, AND I WILL HOLD YOU IN MY HEART FOREVER. REST IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS IN THAT BEAUTIFUL PLACE UP ABOVE AND ALWAYS KNOW THAT DOWN HERE YOU WILL BE FOR REMEMBERED WITH COMPASSION AND LOVE.

NEVER GONE, NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN.
Lisa Murrey Ransom
December 21, 2018
Heav, miss you my brother. Your were the realest
Steve Michaels
Friend
October 1, 2018
You touched so many lives! I remembered you today on your birthday, and will forever keep your memory in my heart. Love never dies!
Trish Cannon
May 24, 2018
LUV U man keep looking over us up there, tell my grandma Virginia I said hi.
Melissa Williams
June 14, 2017
Lots of love heavy d . Thank You for bringing so much love to all of us . You are a lotus flower in our crazy world. Much love and respect to your family may god bless all of you this new year . ALways remember you heavy D sing with the angels. a brother love Jesse.
Jesse whitefeather
January 4, 2017
missing you bro thank you for your love to all of us much respect rest in peace bro. jesse whitefeather
December 17, 2016
Always thinking of you Heavy!
Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do?
~ Khadi D Shaba
November 13, 2016
Missing you HEAVY D, thanks for the love of the music and how you shared it with the world......RIP
Valenda Newell
June 29, 2016
The loss of someone we love is very hard to deal with. I really enjoyed (Now that we found Love, What are we going to do with it. Up on my feet dancing.May your music will live on Heavy D.




A fan
May 25, 2016
My sincere condolences to the friends and family. May the memories bring you peace during this difficult time. May you also draw consolation and strength from the God of all comfort
(2 Cor. 1:3)
March 31, 2015
I carried your music thru a 20 year career in the NAVY. In retirement, I'm still representing for Da Hevster!!! I rock Nike to this day, on your word. I'm a fan for LYFE...of you as a person, as a MAN and as a performer. May your soul continue to rest in the arms of Jesus. Much LUV and RESPECT, to the "OVERWEIGHT LOVER" HEAVY-D!!!
Conway Robinson
November 19, 2014
R.I.P. heavy d!!!! You gave me inspiration in my life to be the man I am today!!! If was a honor and a blessings to have the chance to meet you!!! The inspiration I got from your music along with tupac gave me the self drive to accomplish anything I wanted to in life!!! I joined the marines and had a great career with that!!! I know you and PAC are looking down with a smile and pride with the greatness of the good you did for millions of people!!! Thank you sir!!! God bless you and your family sir!!! And once again!!! Thank you sir!!!
martti Brannlund
October 20, 2014
One of the kings
Darryle Isreal
August 31, 2014
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Lavetta Funchess
August 25, 2014
Love you
Felicia McCray
May 9, 2014
God bless you heavy d . Your work is complete on earth but god got other plans for you to do.luv you
Felicia McCray
May 9, 2014
To you heavy d I'm sitting here listening too one of your songs We Got Our Own Thing and thinking gone too soon but I'm also very happy that I was here when you were here too experience your gift of song.
Christy Friday
April 20, 2014
I love you Heavy D.....You're greatly missed.
Iva Guidry
February 17, 2014
There is strong confidence in the fear of Jehovah, and it will be a refuge for his children. Proverbs 14:26
January 29, 2014
Heavy,you will always be missed.Your music was a great inspiration to me. I will miss seeing your smooth dance moves. May you rest in peace!
C. Jones
December 27, 2013
You touched many lives with your music and it will forever live on.Now you are with The Lord still singing for him.May You rest in his arms!
Theresa Clayborn
November 17, 2013
I truly loved you as much as your music.You were such a beautiful man inside as well as the outside.May God be with you always! Rest in peace "Heavy D" ..You are gone to soon but God needed you more.
Theresa Clayborn
November 17, 2013
Way to Young to go. My prayers to the family and my heart felt sympathy.
Linda Ligons
November 8, 2013
Much Love to you Dwight. This candle is for you. Always thinking of you...
Cynthia Roberts
October 30, 2013
Rest In Peace Dwight Myers. As you were truly a candle in the wind to the world. I know you are up there with the angels still making beautiful music. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN.
Cynthia Roberts
October 30, 2013
I love u heavy d yo music was great I will forever miss u
cassandra waddell
August 15, 2013
I have always loved your music and i always will. I never did get to meet you but you had always carried yourself in a respectible manner that anyone would appreciate. God Speed and Blessings to your Family. I'm a true Heavy D Fan
Erica Moore-Buckner
June 23, 2013
I still think about you Heavy D. I loved your music when it first came out and I will not stop loving it for the rest of my love. I pray that God is continuing to let your light shine and that He continues to comfort your family and friends every day.
Judy Johnson
July 24, 2012
Rest in peace. kenya may seem a world away but u were such an inspiration in ma teenage years and to date.you made stars. May yours shine too forever.

Ogall GK
July 6, 2012
I like the fact that your voice and music will live on forever, in fact I played your songs today. RIP Heavy, many thoughts go out to those you left behind who love and miss you including this fan. I still can't believe you are gone.
Courtney Johnson-Kennedy
July 4, 2012
YOU WILL BE MISS MY MAN I LOVE ALL OF HIS SINGING I MEAN ALL R. I. P. PEACE WITH YOUR FAMILY
KIMBERLY EDWARDS
May 17, 2012
R.I.P.GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.YOU ARE TRULY MISSED.
FRANCINA NELSON
April 30, 2012
Dwight You Will Seriously Be missed, I have Always Loved Your Music ( " R. I. P. " ) & Peace to Your family.
Love Cynthia Carey
Cynthia Carey
February 27, 2012
What I loved about Heavy D. was that his music was up beat, uplifting and not degrading to females. Heavy also was one of the smoothest and greatest dancers, very light on his feet. Whenever his music plays, it will grab you and you will move. I will miss YOU Heavy but I know that you dancing with the Lord and the angels. I got nothing but love for you. Vee
vee Carole
February 26, 2012
Rip
Chele Wright
February 20, 2012
You will always be missed by everyone. R.I.P. Heavy D!!! R.I.P.
Victoria B
February 14, 2012
It must be a big old school party up in heaven.The overweight lover is in the house. I miss you my dear friend.Hey watch our angel up there. Whitney must be the entertainment I'm hearing her voice everywhere.All of you are being missed tremendously.The music industry is suffering more and more its sad. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
February 14, 2012
I love you Heavy.......
Debra Kimple
February 13, 2012
the first time i knew him was when i watched fresh prince of Bel-Air where he guest starred on there. That was in 2011 !!! omg i just cant believe he died !
Toyosi Pius
January 26, 2012
You touched many lives. Sing with the angels.
Saundra Hunter
January 24, 2012
GOD BLESS!
E. K.
January 23, 2012
You will be missed your music touched so many people i love it and will continue to bump it thank you
Kristie Konetsky
January 15, 2012
ELLEN STANDOAK
January 5, 2012
I always will remember my cousin and I growing up....listening to heavy d and will always love us some heavy d! r.i.p.
william diggs
January 5, 2012
I always will remember my cousin and I growing up and WILL ALWAYS LOVE US SOME HEAVY D! R.I.P.
William Diggs
January 5, 2012
rip heavy you will be missed by all not just friends and family but lovers of hip hop everywhere cleveland c (CALIF)
CLEVELAND CROWLEY JR
December 29, 2011
You always had a sweet spirit to you. R.I.P
Simone
December 28, 2011
BOSTIC 5 MEN
December 27, 2011
JAZZI LADYY
December 27, 2011
Nothing but love for you Heavy D
Roz Thomas
December 27, 2011
Peace and Love!!!!!!
clara carlton
December 26, 2011
i kno u making sweet music whereever u are love u d
k graves
December 24, 2011
You are one of the many Pericles in the history of rap music. Alas, another icon gone to heaven. God Bless you Heavy D and rest in peace.
J McGee
December 17, 2011
jazzi dezz
December 14, 2011
God Bless you.
Tanya Bryant
December 14, 2011
I love you, Heavy D. and I will never forget you! You made the world a better place. You gave me hope and happiness!
S Perry
December 10, 2011
To the family and Loved ones of Heavy D
May God Bless You and Rest In Peace. We Love and Miss You
Rosemary Rhodes
December 9, 2011
i'm glad i had a chance to know u personally. we shared the same teacher in 5th grade. heavy may u rest in eternal peace. u will b missed by all.
tawona ivery
December 7, 2011
i'm glad i had a chance to know u personally. we shared the same teacher in 5th grade. heavy my u rest in eternal peace. U will b missed by all.
tawona ivery
December 7, 2011
vanessa london
December 6, 2011
Boy ferncliff cemetery must be rockin! Lol heavy and alliyiah together rest in peace much respect and love heavy
vanessa london
December 6, 2011
May your hearts be filled with wonderful momeries of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dorothy Crisp
December 5, 2011
I loved him the first time I heard him. I am 67 years old and still love his music. May his music remain to comfort his family and friends.
Brenda Murray
December 3, 2011
You will be truely missed.Thank you for the music and may God bless your family in their time of need.
Luwana Pinnick
December 1, 2011
I had the priviledge to be front row at a Heavy D concert, and was before, remained, and will all ways be a fan. Such a tremendous loss. God bless and keep his family uplifted, protect them, and help them heal Godspeed.
Ada Samuel
December 1, 2011
You truly will be missed. You were a great musical talent. May your family find comfort in the God of All Comfort, Jehovah.
Michael McKinney
November 30, 2011
i met heavy d in the late 1980's while attending university of md eastern shore where his brother also attended. he was a very jovial and kind gentleman. being a freshman at the time i was very excited to meet him and when i asked to take a picture with him he obliged. i still have that picture! family my prayers are with you!
November 29, 2011
I have nothing but love and respect for you Heavy D. Your music has always sent a positive message and for this you will always be remembered. You will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest In Peace...
Brenda Hawkins
November 28, 2011
To leave a legacy of love and positivity is a great legacy in a world of chaos and unrest. We should all take note of such a great person and try to strive to do good to one another. I will truly miss you and the love that you communicated to us through your music. My love to the family and friends. You will truly be missed. Mary O
November 27, 2011
Heavy D's music just made you move !I loved to see him Rap, dance just light on his feet . with the Diddley Diddley ... the Lord just needed another loving Angel.. RIP.. Heavy D'.
Reena Thomas
November 27, 2011
MAY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS FIND COMFORT IN ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES THAT YOU SHARED TOGETHER. "RIP HEAVY D" MUCH LOVE YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED.
TONYA SWAZER
November 27, 2011
Heavy D I was a big fan and i will Miss you so much RIP Love La'La Brown & Family
Pensacola fl
November 27, 2011
R.I.Paradise HEAVY..
WOW CAT M/C
November 24, 2011
My heart is still heavy, with the passing of Heavy D. My deepest condolences goes out to his family. I was truly shocked and sadden when I had heard he has passed. I have nothing but love for him. May God bless him now and forever more and wrap his loving arms around his family. RIP Dwight Myers.
Thomasina Baylor
November 23, 2011
Sad sad days. My deepest symsthys.

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Steven Hallam
November 23, 2011
My heartfelt condolences to Dwight's family. It was a shock hearing the news, he will be deeply missed, not only because of his sheer raw talent but also because he was a sincerely, warm and caring human being. You are in my prayers, "In faith all these died, although they did not get the (fulfillment of the) promises, but they saw them afar off and welcomed them..." ~ HEBREWS 11:13
Heavy D will be remembered...
Henry, m
November 22, 2011
OMG Im still just thinking this didnt happend..... I miss you and love you forever , may your soul RIP we love HeavyD ....... Love you forever KMHB....
Kezia Barker
November 21, 2011
RIP Heavy D I will miss you much love to you and your family you will always have a special place in my heart LOVE ALWAYS
Catherine Shearer
November 21, 2011
STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU GONE SO SOON...I GUESS YOUR WORK WAS DONE HERE ON EARTH, AND GOD NEEDED YOU WITH HIM.....GLAD I GOT THE CHANCE TO SEE YOUR LAST PERFORMANCE ON BET THIS YEAR...YOU ROCKED HEAVY, YOU ROCKED... NOW IT'S TIME TO REST....ONE LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY AND DEAREST FRIENDS....
Vera Cheeks
November 21, 2011
The entries shows the effect that he had on people. Wish you were here to see how much your music really meant to everyone. R.I.P see you when I get there big guy
Roshawn Randall
November 21, 2011
rip heavy d your music was and is an inspiration to all of us !! My prayers go out to all of ur family and friends!!
carrie miller
November 20, 2011
Rest in paradise hev,your music and your dance moves I will remember forever.I'm lighting this candle in your honor.you brought me a lot of good times in the eightys.music that had my feet hurting at the end of the night.you will be missed,I got nothing but love for ya.
mechelle ford
November 20, 2011
My condolences to the family.hev I didn't know you personally but loved your music.may you rest in paradise a legend gone but never ever forgotton
mechelle ford
November 20, 2011
Thank God for you - I am so greateful to you for all the joy you have brought me and will continue to bring me through your music. You will be missed. My prayers go out to your family....Doris Green.
Doris Green
November 20, 2011
R.I.P Heavy D...your music will live on in our lives forever..although we will miss you, we realize that God has other plans for you.....now you're singing praises with him...
Ann Keith
November 20, 2011
JESSICA ROBLES
November 19, 2011
i'm still in shock that you have left this assignment . you will always remain with the millions you have touched. god be with the family.
denise anderson
November 19, 2011
WOW! I was in such shock when I heard of Hev's passing. I did not know him personally but grew up on is music & I did shed a few tears. R.I.P. Hev you will be missed but you are constantly playing in the car. GONE WAY @ SOON!
Pooh Johnson
November 19, 2011
You will be missed Heavy D....thank you for the great legacy of music you left us!!!
AMA
November 19, 2011
Rest in Paradise Heav...you were and still are a maor influence in the music industry. Your legacy shall be kept alive by all of those whom you have touched. You were loved by many and mourned by many. Selfishly we wish you didnt leave but your mark is forever imprinted in our hearts and souls. Peaceful Journey Brother...We will always have Nuthin But Love for you. Peace
Nasiha Bey
November 19, 2011
definetly gone to soon but will always be missed!!!!!
carol davis
November 19, 2011
"I wish you a peaceful journey, brother I hope you hear me." You were a great entertainer and will be missed. My prayers are with your family during their time of need. N'shelle
N'shelle
November 19, 2011
Rest In Peace......Much Love Michelle Peeks
Michelle Peeks
November 19, 2011
GONE TOO SOON YOU WILL BE MISSED NEVER MISS A GOOD FRIEND TILL THEY GONE SAVE A SPOT IN HEAVEN FOR ME AND A PAIR OF THOSE GOLDEN WINGS
FRANCESCA FENNER
November 18, 2011
We will certainly miss Heavy. We pray for his family and friends. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in this time of sorrow.
Jackie S
November 18, 2011
HEAVY D mAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. YOU WILL BE MISSED
OLIVIA KELLEY
November 18, 2011
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