In Los Angeles, California, Heavy D died, he was 44. He collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
10 days earlier, on October 29th, Heavy D performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. It was his 1st televised live performance in 15 years and would be his final live performance.
Heavy D’s death was initially thought to be connected to pneumonia. An autopsy report, released on December 27, 2011, stated that the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. The coroner’s office found that Myers died of a PE that had broken off from a deep vein thrombosis in the leg. He also suffered from heart disease. The blood clot that resulted in the PE was “most likely formed during an extended airplane ride,” said Craig Harvey, chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. The rapper had recently returned from a trip to Cardiff, Wales where he performed at a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Shortly after his death, MC Hammer and others led tributes for Heavy D on Twitter. Hammer Tweeted: “We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what’s good about the world.”
Dwight Errington Myers, better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included dancers/background vocalists G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), “Trouble” T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell).
The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s. The five albums the group released were produced by Teddy Riley, Marley Marl, DJ Premier, his cousin Pete Rock and Eddie F.
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