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.

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LESS FAST FOOD, MORE EXCERCISE, MIGHT OF HELPED TO KEEP HIM ALIVE. JUST A GUESS, UNTIL THE AUTOPSY IS COMPLETED.

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He came, did his time and now he got released and went home. Happy home coming I hope. But thanks for the entertainment Heavy D, you left big shoes to fill cause the all can't move like you.

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Thank you Heavy D for your great work over the years. May you rest in perfect peace.

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May you rest in peace, Heavy D. We just saw you in Tower Heist with Eddie Murphy.

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I'm so so sad. In tears. 1st Andy Rooney, then Joe Frazier, now Heavy D. Celebrities seem to ALWAYS pass away in 3's. God help his family. Watch Heavy D Funeral and Tribute Video http://su.pr/2AY7gF

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Rest In Peace All Gods Children you all have entertain us in your our way and I'm sure the world thanks you and your families for allowing us to be a part of you and you a part of us