Jamaican-born, New York raised rapper, producer, actor Heavy D was rushed to a Los Angeles hopital today, after collapsing in his apartment complex from lack of breath. He was assisted by the staff of his building and was conscious when medics arrived, but was pronounced dead around 1pm today, November 8th, 2011.
Heavy D is best known for his work with Heavy D and The Boyz, a group that had great commercial success from the mid 80’s through the early 90’s. Their album Living Large had four hits and their follow up, Peaceful Journey, included a song the group made in tribute to losing their young member Trouble T. Roy after he fell off an exit ramp following a performance. Peaceful Journey quickly went platinum and had several other htis, but their next project did not receive the marketing support needed to sustain the group’s popularity. Still, the group recorded a fourth album in 1992 and had hits with “Blue Funk” and “Truthful”. D’s music was featured as theme songs for popular television programs In Living Color and madTV, and he himself became an actor. He has starred in several films and TV dramas. Heavy D has continued making music even out of the limelight, focusing on reggae fusion. He made his first live performance in fifteen years at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards just weeks ago, performing a medley of his infamous hits. But just as he was making his comeback into the public eye, Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers on May 24th of 1967, has left us today. Details about his death will soon be shared, and no foul is suspected, but let us take this time to remember the great gifts that the musician has given us.
This is his last performance from 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards
And more of his legendary tunes.
Wikipedia & RollingStone.com