Heavy D Dies Aged 44, Musicians Pay Tribute…
Heavy D – the former leader of the hip-hop group, Heavy D and the Boyz – passed away in Los Angeles at around 1:30pm local time yesterday. The 44-year-old was rushed to hospital, but medics could not save him, after a neighbour found him collapsed at his apartment building in Beverley Hills. TMZ claim that the rapper’s death was caused by Pneumonia...
Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, began his career in 1987 with his debut single with the Boyz, ‘Living Large’. More notoriety came in 1991 when ‘Now That We Found Love’ became a hit. Heavy D’s fame may have waned in recent years, but he continued to make music. His most recent releases included a series of reggae-fused albums. His final live performance came just last month when he performed at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff alongside LaToya Jackson, who yesterday led the tributes to the fallen star on Twitter: “My heart goes out to the family and (loved) ones of Heavy D. I am sooo sorry for your (loss). You will be in my prayers.”
P Diddy paid tribute to Heavy D by revealing that he owed his career to the pioneer: “Heavy D is the person who gave me my first chance in the music industry,” tweeted Combs. “He got me my internship at Uptown. He believed when no one else did. My heart is broken. Please pray for my man Heavy D and his Family. #RipHeavyD love you boy. Forever.”
MC Hammer believes that the world is a worse place without Heavy D: “We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world.”
Other celebrities to have paid tribute to Heavy D include Nas, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg’s wife, Shante Broadus, Ludacris, Keri Hilson, Ashanti, Christina Milan, Erykah Badu, basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal, Common and comedian, Tommy Davidson.
Rest in peace, Heavy D.
Words: Stephen Almond (@LFCSteAL)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)