Heavy D: Veteran Rapper Dies at 44

One of the veterans of the rap game has died.

Heavy D was 44 — and died yesterday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Authorities don’t think there was foul play involved. They say the rapper complained of having trouble breathing after going on a shopping errand. When he got to his condo building, he asked for help getting up to his apartment – but on the way he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Born Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D was the front man of Heavy D and the Boyz — a group responsible for hits like “Now That We Found
Love,” “Who’s the Man” and “Somebody For Me.”

But while he continued in the rap game, he also broadened his experience in the music industry. He became president of Uptown Records in the mid-1990s — the label that became home to Mary J. Blige and Jodeci.

He also created the theme songs for sketch comedy shows “In Living Color” and “MADtv.”

He also dabbled in acting, with roles on “The Tracy Morgan Show” as well as the current Eddie Murphy movie, “Tower Heist.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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