Heavy D (1967 – 2011)

09.11.11

Heavy D, the former leader of hip-hop group Heavy D and The Boyz, has died at the age of 44 on Tuesday afternoon. The rapper was rushed to a hospital after found unconscious at his Los Angeles home.

Born Dwight Arrington Myers in Jamaica in 1967, Heavy D broke into the music industry with his record ‘Living Large’ with his band The Boyz in 1987. The rapper was best known for his biggest hit, Now That We Found Love, and has duetted with the likes of Notorious BIG and Janet Jackson in the early 90s. His last album ‘Love Opus’ was release in September this year.

Heavy D was also a known quantity on the screen – his work as an actor can be seen as recently as ‘Tower Heist’, the Brett Ratner-directed and Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller-starring comedy, as well as 1999’s ‘Cider House Rules’.

According to Lt Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills police, Heavy D experienced breathing difficulties while returning home from shopping. After collapsing in an exterior hallway, he was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Centre where he later died.

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love: