Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rapper Heavy D dies at age 44

Hip hop and actor Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, died today (November 8th) at the far too young age of 44. The "Now That We Found Love" singer was best known for his work in the R&B scene, but the Jamaican-born Heavy D was a known quantity on the screen as well. Indeed, his work as an actor can be seen as recently as "Tower Heist," the Brett Ratner-directed and Eddie Murphy-starring comedy currently playing in theaters.

The actor was found collapsed on a walkway outside his Beverly Hills home earlier Tuesday, and neighbors called 911, according to TMZ. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. The exact cause of death has not been released yet.

Heavy D reached star status in the 1990s with hits like "Now that we found love" and "Nuttin' but love." Spin Magazine described him as the "Overweight Lover" of hip-hop's golden age. The rapper also composed the theme song to the hit TV show "In Living Color." He had five Top 40 albums and appeared on several tracks for pop stars like Michael Jackson and others, Spin reports.

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