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Rapper Heavy D dies at 44

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Heavy D, the former leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, has died at the age of 44.

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According to TMZ, a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday to report an unconscious male on the walkway. The rapper was rushed to a hospital and was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. PT.

Police detectives found no signs of foul play and believe his death was medically related, police Lt. Mark Rosen told the Associated Press.

Heavy D was born Dwight Errington Myers in Jamaica in 1967. He later moved to the Bronx and became friends with Glen Parrish (G-Wiz), Eddie F (Eddie Ferrell) and Troy Dixon (Trouble T-Roy), and they formed the rap group Heavy D & the Boyz.

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In 1986, the group became the first artists signed to the Uptown Records, which went on to become one of the most influential hip-hop and R&B labels of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"Living Large," Heavy D & the Boyz's debut album, was released in 1987. The group's 1989 release "Big Tyme" served as their commercial breakthrough with tracks like "We Got Our Own Thang" and "Somebody For Me."

Heavy D is known for hit songs like "Nuttin But Love" and "Now That We Found Love." He also recorded theme songs for the television series "In Living Color" and "MADtv." In recent years, Heavy D recorded a series of reggae fusion albums.

On Oct. 1, Heavy D performed his classics -- "Nuttin' But Love," "Is It Good to You," and "I Want Somebody" -- at the 2011 BET's Hip-Hop Awards. And he performed at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on Oct. 8. And he also had a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller 's new film, "Tower Heist."

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Nov 8, 2011 9:57PM
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Rest In Peace Heavy D! You were an influential part of many peoples lives. You stayed true to yourself and your God given talent.  Many Blessings to your grieving family and friends.  Thank you for your up beat, fun and memorable music!  You will be missed!

 

Nov 8, 2011 9:50PM
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People talking bad about a man they don't know, didn't take the time to know, and just wanted to give out hate. You don't understand something so it must be bad. You listen to songs that sing about drinking and driving or smoke cigs, killing people, make fun of others, and sleeping with wild woman. But hey thats good old county and rock and roll so its okayyyyyyyyyy. This guy was a great artist who rapped against those things. But you would never know you would rather make yourself feel good by putting others down and praising the death of another. Then wake up and go to church the next day and pray to god and pretend your a good little christian. Music is just that music, if you don't want your kids listening to music you don't agree with then its up to you to teach them not the tv not the radio and not the artist. Just like people that blame video games or movie for violent kids. Where were you went lil jimmy was making those bombs or taking those guns. Be a parent and raise your kids right 
Nov 8, 2011 9:47PM
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To Lynn, I am most certain you are not a real teacher. you sound more like an angry old man who sits around collecting his shitty SSI & soaking up free WiFi at the local Dunkin Donuts!! but if I am wrong, and you do happen to be a teacher as you claim, then I feel horrible for the poor children who come into contact with you on a daily basis! based on the way you talk about youth in general, you obviously don't have children of your own (at least I hope not)  To refer to "your kids"  as little black boys is disturbing...and the rest of the comments you've posted on this forum are disgusting! I can only hope that our school systems would/could weed out twisted psychos like you by some type of mental health screening before you ever had the chance to negatively influence any young person's mind!!!!!! If in fact you are a teacher,, then you are totally right in your comment earlier..

If there are more teachers like you, our kids supposed role models and mentors, then they are headed for trouble and we are all screwed!

Nov 8, 2011 9:47PM
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They say, “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (not precisely the Biblical quote)   He sung about love, prosperity, hope, success and most of all, doing your own thang!  How cool it that??  He was a big guy with a big heart.  We'll miss you guy!

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