Rap Legend Heavy D Dies At 44

By Allen Starbury  |  11/08/2011

Heavy DLegendary 90s rapper, Heavy D, passed away Tuesday morning (November 8) in Los Angeles. He was just 44 years old.

According to TMZ, the rapper (real name: Dwight Arrington Myers) was rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital at around noon, where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

A 9-1-1 call was placed from his Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM, where the call reported an unconscious male in the walkway.

TMZ says that when help arrived, Heavy D was conscious and speaking -- and was transported to a nearby hospital.

However, he died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

Police are investigated his death, but no obvious signs of foul play.

Update: Law enforcement tell TMZ ... Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing.  Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress.  Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911.  Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe."  When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse.  People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that.  Law enforcement sources tell us ... no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was "medical."

During his run as a rap star, Heavy D enjoyed success with his biggest hit of his career, "Now That We Found Love." He also wrote and performed the theme song for "In Living Color" ... and he rapper on Michael Jackson's hit single "Jam," as well as sister Janet Jackson's hit single, "Alright".

Heavy last performance at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales in early October, rapping his part of "Jam" with La Toya Jackson.

His last Twitter update (@HeavyD) read: "BE INSPIRED!"

Stay tuned...