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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rapper Heavy D's Funeral Set

Rapper Heavy D's funeral set for November 18 in New York. Photo courtesy of his official Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—There will be a private funeral held for Rapper Heavy D at the historic Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. on Friday, November 18.

The world-renowned entertainer (whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers) collapsed at his Beverly Hills home on November 8. He was 44 years old. The Beverly Hills Police Department arrived at the 400 block of North Maple Drive to find an “unconscious person.” When they arrived at 11:25 a.m., he was conscious and able to communicate but was having difficulty breathing. He was then taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics. He later died at the hospital.

According to the BHPD, Myers was returning home from shopping. He began having difficulty breathing while walking toward his condominium home. He was assisted into the building by staff, but he collapsed outside his home. The investigation is being handled by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

Heavy D began his entertainment career with the group Heavy D & The Boyz in 1987. He became popular with such hits as “Overweight Lover’s in the House” and “Now That We Found Love” in 1991. He also gained attention by composing and performing theme songs to television sitcoms, “In Living Color” and “MADtv.” The late rapper had several guest appearances on different television shows such as “A Different World,” “Law & Order” and “Bones.” He also had a role in the film “Life” with actor Eddie Murphy. His latest appearance was in the 2011 Murphy film, “Tower Heist.”

Heavy D performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards show in October. He also performed at Michael Jackson’s tribute concert in Wales. These were the two biggest performances he has had since a 15-year hiatus. His most recent album “Love Opus” was released on September 27. According to his official Twitter page, his last message before his passing was, “Be Inspired.”