Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hip-Hip Icon Heavy D Dead at 44



When Heavy D took to the BET Hip-Hop Honors stage last month, fans were excited to see the overweight lover smiling and doing his thing as only he can. Rocking the crowd with his signature dance moves and infectious lyrics, we were all thrust back to a simpler time, a better time, when my diddly-diddly-diddly-dee was all that needed to be said to make crowds bust a move.

Now he's gone.

The rapper, born Dwight Arrington Myers in Jamaica, was reportedly rushed to a Los Angeles hospital before being pronounced dead at 1:oo pm. PT from a yet to be disclosed infection. He was 44 years old.

His hits "The Overweight Lover's in the House", "Now That We've Found Love" and "We've Got Our Own Thing" were dance floor staples in the 90s. He also appeared in films and on television screens in the Martin Lawrence/Eddie Murphy film, Life, The Cider House Rules, and also on Boston Public and Bones. Heavy D was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role as 'Tony' in Lawrence Fishburne's play, Riff Raff.

Eighteen hours ago, Heavy tweeted his thoughts on the legendary fighter, Joe Frazier, who died yesterday at 67 years-old from liver cancer:

@heavyd:  SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER..RIP.. truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED,MR FRAZIER!

His last tweet, one hour later, simply said, "BE INSPIRED!"

He truly was an inspiration to us all, and will truly be missed. Rest in peace Heavy D.

Check back with Your Black News as this story develops.

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