Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

He made a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stillers new film, Tower Heist. and was climbing a set of stairs at his condominium when he experienced trouble breathing, according to staff at his Beverly Hills building.

The staff tried to help him to his home but he collapsed. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center around noon, where he was pronounced dead.

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Rapper Heavy D died today after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital.He was 44 years old. Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, told TMZ.com that he found him leaning against a rail in distress. Mills told TMZ he craddled Heavy in his lap while others called 911.

In pop culture, Heavy D is also remembered for his mention in the Notorious B.I.G.s 1994 hit single Juicy with the lyric Saltn’Pepa andHeavy D up in the limousine.

Heavy D was returning from a mall at around 11:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found him conscious but still having difficulty breathing. He was the leader of the hip-hop trioHeavy D & the Boyz, which gained mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show In Living Color. (The song was first In Living Color, Heavy D & the Boyz later recorded a new theme, Cause Thats the Way You Livin When Youre in Living Color.)Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jacksons Jam and Janet Jacksons Alright.

In recent years, Heavy D focused more on TV and movie appearances. Heavy D performed at Octobers BET Awards, his first live performance in 15 years.. His cause of death was not immediately known.

Heavy D, bornDwightArringtonMyers, was one of the most influential rappers of the 1990s. Mills said the rapper told him, I cant breathe, I cant breathe.

The cause of death will be determined by the coroners office, but police said there was no indication of foul play.

One of Heavy Ds associates told TMZ the rapper had pneumonia, but another said he fell down the stairs

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