Heavy D, Hip Hop Icon, Dead at 44

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Heavy D, one of hip hop's best known artists of the 1990s, died today at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 44.

The rapper - whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers and who was responsible for such hits as "Now That We Found Love" - was pronounced dead at approximately 1 p.m., 90 minutes after a call to 911 was placed from his home.

Paramedics reportedly found Heavy D conscious and speaking, prior to transporting him to a hospital. Police are now investigating the cause of death, although initial reports do not include any signs of foul play.

The rapper was seen in public just this summer, performing at the Michael Jackson tribute concert. Friends say he suffered from pneumonia, while authorities for now simply refer to the cause of death as "medical." Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.