Larger than life rapper and actor Heavy D has died after collapsing outside his LA home, he was 44 years old.
Best known for his work in the late 80s and early 90s, Heavy – born Dwight Arrington Meyers – perfromed solo and as part of his group, Heavy D and the Boyz.
Their debut in ’87, Living Large, made them cult legends and the follow up, Big Tyme, saw them hit the mainstream.
Heavy took time away from the mic and forged a career in front of the camera, appearing in TV’s Boston Public and films like Big Trouble and The Cider House Rules.
Hip-hop has been paying its respects. Talib Kweli tweeted, ‘Heavy D was always a spectacular MC but the album he made after Trouble T Roy passed was stellar. Blue Funk. We love you Hev.’
Nas echoed these thoughts, ‘RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND Heavy D!”, while Common tweets, “Heavy D was…no…is one of Hip-Hop’s finest. Your art and contribution will live 4ever brother! Rip Heavy D.’
Heavy D was immortalised in rhyme by no other tha Notorious BIG himself. On his iconic track Juicy the Brooklyn MC rapped, ‘Salt n Pepper and Heavy D up in the Limosine.’
This year Heavy had released a brand new album, Love Opus, and just last month perforemed at the BET Awards.
The cause of death is still unkown.