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. nena518

    For those don't him or n e thing about him plz have some respect & just keep ur mouth shut!

    November 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Myesha

    R.I.P. Heavy D! You will be greatly missed!

    November 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lkelley

    Just read alot of ignorant and irrelevant comments about heavy d's death.its really sad that instead of wanting to pray for his family while they are in bereavement right now or not say nothing at all because you do not know him.its not his fault because you were not introduced to his music and are completely oblivious to who he is.and to whoever this concerns no body knows when god is going to call them home its if we knew it would be stated on our birth certificate as a expiration heavy d you will be missed

    November 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |

    well i was always a fan back in the day and present i will always love him and he will be missed jamming to the over weight lover now ,& my prayers are with heavey d family GOD?BLESS YOU ALL

    November 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hevy Eff

    My money says he died of a heart attack or stroke. This is common in overweight people who don't exercise. It coulda been a drug overdoze too. Rappers are known to be heavy drug users. RIP Mr. D.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ruby

    RIP Heavy D my prayers goes out to your family some of these people on here are so disrespectful, have some respect for the dead just amazing how insensity people are, so sad.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lkelley

    And to make assumptions of how he died is ignorant.grow up and pray for the family that is grieving

    November 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bd

    Well, since Heavy D was heavy, we will shortly be lecured about Caspian Sea oil and aliens in Roswell.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Crizzy

    The girlz, the girlz, they love me! Rip heavy D! I grew up loving ur music! 44 wow way too young to go! God bless to ur family! I hope ur in a better place now.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. funky bunch

    Heavy D was one of the truly good guys, you will be missed.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J. A.

    RIP Heavy D! Gone too soon...

    November 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. IPJr.

    One of the Pioneers of Hip Hop,well respected. Heavy D will be Greatly Missed... Gone too soon. May God Bless him and his Family.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jj

    what because i didnt say "rip heavy d" im insensitive? please. i didnt know the man and neither did any of you on here. people die. its the way of things. my father died four days ago buried him yest. it happens

    November 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lion

    A great rap star has passed and true professional, original music maker... Let him stay with us through his music. You touched many .. Peace my brother peace..

    November 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete/Ark

    If you care, SHUT UP! CNN will use you for another "celebrity hour". I didn't know him...don't care...but nobody needs to become the main course in a feeding frenzy.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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