Legendary Rap Star Heavy D. Has Passed Away (1967-2011) Plus Video Tribute

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

No one could have ever imagined that the performance Heavy D did for a tribute to Michael Jackson would be his last as the news of his passing sent shock waves throughout the hip hop community. Heavy D., born Dwight Errington Myers, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills condo after he suffered difficulty breathing while returning from a morning shopping trip, according to police. A neighbor was reported telling the police that Heavy D. was returning from shopping when he was walking up some steps and stopped because he couldn’t breathe. Others are saying the 90’s rapper was suffering from a case of pneumonia.

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We recently covered his live performance at the 2011 Bet Hip Hop Awards and based on the way he was moving across the stage, he appeared to be in great health.

Former group member Eddie F. had this to say about his childhood friend:

“We were only young kids out of high school when we got into the game just wanting to make fun music filled with love and excitement.

“We always had so much fun as a group. I cherish all the happy times we had together while unknowingly helping to build the movement and legacy we call Uptown Records”. Adding, “I love you Hev and we all will miss you so much.”

Heavy D, who was born in Jamaica, had performed at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on Oct. 8. He released an album in 2009, Reggage, which paid homage to his roots.

In an ironic twist, Heavy D died less than 24 hours after tweeting his condolences to legendary boxer Joe Frazier who died Monday, Nov. 7 of cancer. Heavy D’s final tweet was “BE INSPIRED!”

Source: TMZ

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