New York rap legend Heavy D died Tuesday (November 8) at age 44, MTV News has learned through a source. Heavy, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, was most known for his role in the group Heavy D & the Boyz.
Together, the group recorded an array of hip-hop dance hits like 1991’s “Now That We Found Love” and 1994’s “Nuttin’ but Love.” Aside from his own hits, Heavy rapped on Michael Jackson’s 1991 hit “Jam” and a remix to Janet Jackson’s 1990 single “Alright” from her Rhythm Nation album. His mother is Jamaican and he is the cousin of reggae singer, Maxi Priest. According to TMZ, the Mount Vernon, New York, MC was transported to an L.A. hospital after a 911 call was placed from the musician’s Beverly Hills home.
The call was made around 11:25 a.m. PT to report an unconscious male, but when the ambulance arrived, Heavy was conscious and speaking. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead a few hours later at 1 p.m. ET. As of now, the cause of death is unknown. Most recently, the rapper/dancehall singer closed out the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards with an energetic performance consisting of several dance numbers. Heav powered through a host of his classics like “The Overweight Lover,” “Mr. Big Stuff,” “Is It Good to You” and “I Want Somebody” to the delight of the live crowd. Heavy was also active on Twitter, often sending positive messages to his followers. His last message, which came earlier Tuesday, read, “BE INSPIRED!”