Heavy D's 'Now That We Found Love' Returns to Billboard Charts
Heavy D's 'Now That We Found Love' Returns to Billboard Charts

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.

Heavy D Goes Reggae On 'Vibes' (Billboard.biz, December 16, 2008)

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!."

Born Dwight Errington Myers, D played a crucial role in hip-hop with his crossover, energetic early 90s hits, effortlessly incorporating reggae, R&B and pop. Heavy D's most recent album, "Vibes" (2009), peaked at No. 2 on the Reggae Albums chart.

Last month (Sat., Oct. 1), Heavy D performed 80s classics -- "Nuttin' But Love," "Is It Good to You," and "I Want Somebody" -- at the 2011 BET's Hip-Hop Awards. Tyrse joined him on stage to sing the chorus to "Now That We Found Love."