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. Nick

    44? It really makes you wonder.

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

      Could happen at any age if it were drug induced. Hopefully, as a roll model, it wasn't and he passed from Cardiac Arrest. Was never a fan of his music, but he did posses a lot of talent. R I P

      November 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baker Jim

      What's a roll model? I've been baking for 35 years and I've never needed a model.

      November 9, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. KingBlunt

    Was listening to some Heavy D in the car when i heard this. Lost another great one

    November 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dawn Young

    So grateful that I got to see him on the awards show last month. He looked so happy to be back on stage

    November 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. *Iian

    No empathy

    November 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mystic

    Definitely an icon in hip-hop musc, and an actor with potential (Roc, Living Single, et al). Rest peacefully Dwight, we will always reminisce over you.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Afrocentric542

    Wow... Never realized how hateful and cruel some people could be. I guess it's easy to be an idiot when you can hide behind a computer. If you don't know who he was or you don't like rap music, don't bother reading the article or commenting. It's quite simple... He truly was a good guy who made you have fun when you listened to his music or saw him perform...such a shame.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warlock

      Actually most people find it easy enough to be idiots without the benefit of keyboards or even anonymity.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsallen

      say that, it's sho the truth

      November 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Rip Heavy D

    November 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Warlock

    I'm betting he kicked the fried chicken bucket.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. soextreme

    R.I.P. To Heavy D. Much love coming from where I'm from!

    November 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Storm

    R.I.P heavy D Rest in peace

    November 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jj

    GWAR was a sick and twisted band whose gimmick was to shove crucifixes up peoples you know what! now the dum ass is getting ass reamed by satan himself! its probably one the most disgusting things i have ever witnessed. and their so called music was crap!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

      "Looks like to me you won't be analy retentive for to long worrying about it either."

      November 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gina

    Sad to hear of heavys passing. Let's not assume bcas he was a black rapper he died from a "gunshot". How very ignorant of some people.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pha357

    Really people? A young man died today. He touched the lives of many and created opportunities that many might not have been able to imagine. He promoted positive interaction within the hiphop movement. Educate yourselves before posting such ignorance.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    R.I.P. "Heavy D"

    November 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mikki

    R.I.P Heavy D you will be truly missed I remember your music when i was in grammer school it was a fun time in my life. especially when R & B And Rap music was poppin in the 80's which some of the newest generation will never understand the realiness in it. back then rap was fun and break dancing rolling skating.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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