Heavy D, a rapper whose size and crossover success helped make him a major rap star, died Tuesday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital. According to reports, the 44-year-old rapper was found on the walkway near his Beverly Hills home around 11:25 am when a 911 call was placed.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. PST. Police are investigating, but foul play is not suspected.
Grandmaster Flash was one of the first in the media to relay the news when he took to Twitter, saying "I was just told Heavy D passed away." That message created a snowball of reactions -- and prayers -- from fans.
Heavy D last tweeted 15-16 hours ago on Joe Frazier's death, "SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER..RIP.. truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED, MR FRAZIER!' An hour later tweeted,"BE INSPIRED!."