Rapper and Actor Heavy D Dies at 44

Entertainment Nov. 8, 2011 AT 5:48PM
Rapper and Actor Heavy D Dies at 44 Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty

Rapper and actor Heavy D has died, TMZ reports. He was 44.

The musician (real name: Dwight Arrington Myers) was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon Tuesday; he was pronounced dead one hour later.

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According to TMZ, a 911 call was placed from Myers' Beverly Hills home at 11:25 a.m. to report an unconscious male on the walkway. When help arrived, the '90s rapper was reportedly conscious and speaking.

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Police officers are currently investigating the cause of Myers' death; as of Tuesday afternoon, no clear signs of foul play were detected.

On October 8, the Jamaican-born entertainer took the stage at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales. Three days later, he performed  a medley of his hits, including "Nuttin' But Love," "Is It Good to You," "I Want Somebody" and "Now That We Found Love," at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

In addition to music, the "Now That We Found Love" rapper appeared in several movies prior to his death, including Life, The Cider House Rules and Tower Heist.

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As news of of Myers' death spread, many celebrities flocked to Twitter to express their condolences.

"RIP HEAVY D! He was a really nice man!" Ciara, 26, wrote. "Sending my condolences to him and his family!"

Added Samuel L. Jackson: "Ahhh man! Heavy D?! Dwight wz a dear friend. Fond memories of a truly cool brutha."

Other stars who mourned the loss of Myers include Alyssa Milano, Uncle Cracker, Sean Kingston and Game.

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