Heavy D was hopeful and inspirational to the very end.
The "Now That We Found Love" rapper was pronounced dead at age 44 just past noon at a Los Angeles on Tuesday. The star (real name: Dwight Arrington Myers) had collapsed at his Beverly Hills home that morning, but was conscious and speaking when paramedics arrived.
Earlier in the day, he sent an uplifting Twitter message to his followers: "BE INSPIRED!" (He had also eulogized boxing great Joe Frazier, who had passed away in the very early hours Tuesday at age 67.)
"All glory comes from daring to begin," he wrote Nov. 6. "Never stop believing.. Magic is just science we don't understand," he mused Nov. 4. "Every original idea was considered insanity at first."
Police officers are currently investigating the cause of Myers' death; as of Tuesday afternoon, no clear signs of foul play were detected. Just a month ago, Myers (who also acted in such films as Life, The Cider House Rules and Tower Heist) performed a medley of his hit songs at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.