November 8th, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Rapper Heavy D dies at 44

Dwight Arrington Myers, also known as rapper Heavy D, died Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s office.

He was 44.

The emergency room staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center pronounced Myers dead "earlier this afternoon," L.A. Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.

Myers gained fame in the late 1980s as part of the rap group Heavy D & the Boyz. Driven by the success of the group's first single, "The Overweight Lover's In the House," Heavy D & the Boyz gained national exposure and became a fixture on the hip-hop scene.

Later Myers would turn to acting. He was cast in bit parts in several sitcoms and movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The cause of death is yet to be determined but the coroner's office will begin an investigation.

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  1. BMI's Fatso©: Over-Under edition

    One thing that an autopsy shows is how much the persons colon (large intestine) weighs.

    John Wayne – Autopsy revealed that John Wayne's colon weighed 82 pounds. 77 pounds were composed of dried fecal matter.

    The player who guesses closest to how many pounds Heavy D's colon weighs wins 25 *'s. Guess how many pounds under or over 100. My guess is 6 lbs. over. What's yours?

    November 9, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • gillian

      I have personally been a part of close to a hundred autopsies. Not a single one was the colon weighed. Never was needed. Guts went into the gut box

      November 9, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • GDI

      How muck fecal matter will be foung in your brain when it is weighed?

      November 9, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • @ gillian

      You are a big fat LIAR. You said "I have personally been a part of close to a hundred autopsies. Not a single one was the colon weighed. Never was needed. Guts went into the gut box". you are a lying biatch. Millions of Americans have died from colon disease, colon's are in fact weighted and closely examined to determine the exact cause of death.

      Only a brainless ignorant biatch would believe your obvious attempts to deiscredit the truth about obesity.

      November 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Gee, aren't you a high class moron. Read Jillian's arguement, and then your rebuttal. Perhaps it will become apparent to you that Jillian is more credible.

      November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    I got Nuthin' But Love For Ya, Heavy D!! RIP it, Overweight Lover!!

    November 9, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. jerry

    its appointed a man once to die and after this the judgment, today is the day of salvation tomorrow is promised to know man

    November 9, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • GDI

      Tell that to Blather Mass Index!!

      November 9, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. dave

    Sad he ate himself to death – I was never familiar with his work – I prefer music to rap

    November 9, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. RAP is CRAP

    I have never been nor ever will be a fan of rap. RAP is GARBAGE and I could honestly care less about "Heavy D's" fate. I propose gathering all Hip-Hop and Rap CD's, Albums, etc., taking them to Comiskey Park and BLOWING THEM UP just like a radio DJ did to disco back on July 12, 1979. Honestly, I cannot understand today's youth and what they see in this HIP-HOP and RAP TRASH !!!! But then again, I guess it does go well with crack-pipe and meth-amphetamine dope-addicts !!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nan

    If you have nothing positive to say, then you should keep your mouth shut!!! While I am not a big fan of rap either, I do recognize Heavy D's contribution to the genre of rap. He was one of the early pioneers whose rap did not include the profanity often heard from today's rap "artists". He also had very smooth moves and was an excellent dancer ... particularly for a man of his size. R.I.P. Heavy D. My prayers go out to his family.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    @ Rap Is Cr.ap, if this is your honest opinion & you're not a troll, aren't you lucky to be able to express your very staunch view! Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing! I'm gonna excercise mine & disagree with you! I love rap & hip-hop & have since its inception in 1979 with Sugar Hill Gangs "Rappers Delight!" So many innovative artists, styles & musicians tools have been discovered through rap/ hip-hop!One of the beauties about it is, through sampling you can "marry" the past & the present, pay homage to "old school" & still be on top of "next!" Heavy D was 1 of the heavy hitters for several years & fans are sad! It's sad that you have excluded yourself from experiencing this excellent & modern type of music, but that's your choice! Hope there is music you do like! A life without music is a deprived life!!

    November 9, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Steve Dahl, Disco Demolition. I was there. It was cool.
    Rap in Crap sounds suspisciously like the George Patton Troll.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ray Charles

    Only an ignorant hoe would defend rap words and recommend them for her children to learn. especially when they were all growed up.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trashy hoe

    I wish I could be the one to perform Heavy D's autopsy. my favorite passtime is popping XANAZ and playing donkey kong ride. I'm from up north, so even if he's dead cold, I'm used to it.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jabu

    Rest in peace Heavy D! All the way from south africa

    November 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Credible?

    Only an willfully ignorant person fails to see the link between overeating and early death. This fat man had a BMI of nealt TWICE that of the avg. adult's over 30 BMI. Anything over 30 is considered to be, not chunky, not overweight, not obese, but OVERLY obese. Who even needs to see an autopsy to show how huge his colon had become or to link his super-duper over obesity with his early death? Is America now so fat that she is blind? Several university studies have shown that lifespans are determined by how many calories a person consumes during the course of their lives, just like a cars engine's life is determined by how much gasoline it goes through. Calories are units of energy just as gallons of gas are. An obese person dies 3-10 years earlier than an healthy person. Heavy D died at least 20 years too soon. Get a freaking clue! Are all of your brains as dead as dead as those wads of undigested red meat stuck in your guts are?

    November 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Keep ranting. It's obvious to everyone but you that personal insults destroy your own credibility. Everyone else regards you as the local nutcase, and this is part of the reason.

      November 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    @ banasy, thanks for the heads up on the Patton troll! I thought his writing seemed familiar! And Wow, you were really there at the Disco Must Die fest!? Sadly, I loved disco too, but even I was tired of it! Rap is too diverse for me to get tired of, yet! Have a good eve!!

    November 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Yes, I was. The White Sox were playing a double-header, and they had the demolition in between games. Needless to say, the second game was canceled.
    Oh, it was grand.

    November 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mrs.smartgirl

    why is that now day people cant even go on the streets and look at somebody and get killed because that person say that he/she was looking at them the wrong way... you are grow people what kind of life style are you giving to kids to see this day im only a teen and when i read about things like this make me not even want to do anything with my life because im scared i may get killed just for being me and trying to help people out. All I ask is that you adults out here that are killing people think about how you are effecting other peoples lifes.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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