Heavy D dies at 44

Survivors include a daughter, Xe

The self-proclaimed "Overweight Lover", Heavy D, dies, aged 44.

Heavy D, (real name: Dwight Arrington Myers) the smooth-talking and cheerful rapper who billed himself as “the overweight lover M.C.,” died in Los Angeles yesterday (08.11.11). He was only 44. Reportedly a 911 call was placed from Heavy D’s Beverly Hills home at 11:25 a.m. to report an unconscious male on the walkway. When help arrived, the rapper was reportedly conscious and speaking. He was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he later died.

Heavy D played an influential role in shaping rap music in the late ’80s and early ’90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae music. In addition to his music career the rapper did some acting as well. His recent work as an actor can be seen in “Tower Heist,” the Brett Ratner-directed and Eddie Murphy-starring comedy. Heavy D also appeared in Life, The Cider House Rules.

Born in Jamaica in 1967, the rapper rose fame with his band The Boyz, scoring hits with such tracks as “Now That We Found Love.” On October 8, Heavy D 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 September, Heavy D released his ninth and final album, “Love Opus.”

Survivors include a daughter, Xea.

Heavy D dead at 44

The Jamaican-born rapper/actor Dwight Arrington Myers dies.