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. parkcitybrian

    heavy story, man...real heavy

    November 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shelly

    RIP Heavy D

    November 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Willy Brown

    Oh well.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ddlbugmom

    Wow, what a headline. I would assume if the coroner was involved, the man is, in fact, dead.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    Heavy D is now Light D.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • parkcitybrian


      November 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kitty Puss

    Another one Bites the Dust.......

    November 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shantai

    Heavy D will be GREATLY missed. He just performed for the first time in 15 years last month. RIP Heavy Weight Lover!

    November 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex C

    Some rapper I've never heard of is on the front page, but the guitarist from GWAR 's death is no where on CNN. That dosen't make sense.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • smarterthan you

      Who is GWAR????? How old are you?? 12?

      November 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tamarinds

      There's a pretty good explanation for that, actually: metal sucks.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • gee

      cuz nobody knows him

      November 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Flattus died? Say it isn't so! Kind of reminds me of Sky Saxon who died on the same day as Michael Jackson. Of course there was no mention of that on CNN either.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • zeke

      you rude and ignorant little idiot. kill yourself!

      November 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoggSho

      Heavy D (HD) was not front page -maybe in the entertainment section.
      And of course it makes sense when you consider that HD is linked all the way back -from "old school", and therefore command a greater following. HD has numerous soundtrack(s) themes to his credit.

      GWar's Maximums on the other hand has single handily trust GWAR into the world stage light by his sacrificial death; this news was front page on every major email login page and not to mention all of the major news outlets – if you count their entertainment sections front page for all they are worth.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • HipHop4Ever

      GWAR? Those nerds never got any radio play...because their trash and they have no talent!!!!

      November 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Beth

    I wonder if we will ever find out what he did with love after he found it.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MIT

    Doc, this is heavy

    November 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TruIndy

    When Rap was about having a good time, reflection of life, and pride. The good old days now is slowly dying with its pioneers.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ricram42

    Heav was and inspiration to me One of my favorites from Mr. Big Stuffmto Water bed Hev.He showed the world big brothas can dance. have a peaceful Journey my brotha.Say hello to trouble T for ya fans.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dee

    sad...."my style and files are very well perfected" RIP big man, you led the way

    November 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. parkcitybrian

    no offense folks, but i prefer marie osmond

    November 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • HipHop4Ever

      F!@# Marie Osmond!!!!

      November 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yours truly

    Willy Brown that was BEYOND rude! This man is a legend and will forever be loved by many before during and after his time....if you felt the relevance of this story to your life was so miniscule you should've kept your comment to yourself

    November 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warlock

      How exactly can someone be loved BEFORE his time, Mr. Wizard? I know you're probably blind with rage or so grief stricken over someone you never even met but THINK before you post this nonsense. I'm sure Mr. Myers would have wanted it that way. Word to your mother.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
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