Tributes have been pouring in for Jamaican born rapper and actor Heavy D, who died in hospital an hour after collapsing in the hallway of his apartment building in Beverly Hills yesterday.
According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, Heavy D – real name Dwight Arrington Myers – collapsed as he was being assisted to his apartment.
After returning from a shopping trip, Heavy D is said to have had difficulty breathing and was still conscious when he was rushed to the Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, but was pronounced just over an hour later (1pm US time).
Police say the cause of death is still unknown but there are no suspicions of foul play. His death comes just a month after he performed live at the BET Hip Hop awards – his first live performance in 15 years.
Musicians have sent their one-liner tributes on twitter:
@Nas Nasir Jones RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!
@FINALLEVEL ICE T
He was just on SVU jokin around.. I feel sick. Everyone on the SVU set devastated. Especially me and Mariska
@llcoolj LL Cool J
May GOD embrace the soul of Heavy D and Bless his family. I respected you Heavy and I always will.
This can’t be true please sumone.
@UncleRUSH Russell Simmons
I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Heavy D. A long time friend and a beautiful person
@NICKIMINAJ Nicki Minaj We’ll never forget you babe! #hiphopelite #RIPHeavyD
@therealstylesp Styles P Rip heavy d! Thanks for putting 914 oon the map!
Rest in peace Heavy D.
I’m at a lost for words rip heavy d
Many of Heavy D’s hit songs are remembered from his plunge into music in the late 1980s and his subsequent rise and rise in the 1990s.
Which is your favourite Heavy D track?
(SOURCE: MTV, Wikipedia)