While the cause of death is not yet known, the rapper was reportedly rushed to the hospital around noon, after paramedics responded to a call placed from his Beverly Hills home. Apparently responsive when the medics arrived, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The rapper’s death comes nearly a month after a comeback performance at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, where he cruised through a medley of his best-known singles, among them ‘Nuttin’ But Love,’ ‘Is It Good to You’ and ‘Now That We Found Love.’
That last one, released in 1991, was the old-school MC’s highest-charting solo single. A year earlier, he rapped on a remix of Janet Jackson‘s ‘Alright,’ which reached No. 4.
Janet wasn’t the only Jackson to utilize Heavy D’s talents, and in 1992, Michael Jackson tapped the rapper for ‘Jam,’ a major hit on the dance and hip-hop charts.
Born Dwight Arrington Myers in Mount Vernon, New York, Heavy D was an actor as well as a musician. He appeared in a number of films, including ‘The Tower Heist,’ ‘The Cider House Rules’ and ‘Life,’ and his television work included stints on ‘The Tracy Morgan Show,’ ‘Boston Public’ and ‘Living Single.’