Heavy D 1967-2011 R.I.P.

Jamaican-born
musician was a hugely influential figure on the late ‘80s and early ‘90s rap
scene.

 

By
Fred Mills

 

Rapper
Heavy D – born Dwight Arrington Myers – passed away yesterday, Nov. 8, in a Los
Angeles hospital emergency room. He was 44. He had collapsed on a walkway at
his Beverly Hills home following a shopping trip; complaining of being unable
to breathe, he  was rushed to the
hospital after paramedics arrive. No official cause of death has been announced
yet, although some media sources have indicated it was from a heart attack.

 

As
the larger-than-life, 300-pound frontman for late ‘80s outfit Heavy D and the
Boys, Myers was at the forefront of the pre-gangsta rap hip-scene, notching
numerous hits including 1989’s huge-selling Big
Tyme
. He subsequently embarked upon a solo career as well as forays into
film and theater (he has a small role in the current Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy
vehicle Tower Heist. He also worked
as a record label executive.

 

In 2009 his album Vibes was nominated for a Grammy. Most
recently, last month he appeared at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

 

Read
an excellent 2009 interview with Heavy D here.

 

 

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