Rap legend Heavy D — one of the most influential rappers of the ’90s — died earlier today … TMZ has learned.
Heavy D — real name Dwight Arrington Myers — was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today … and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.
We’ve learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .
When help arrived, we’re told Heavy D was conscious and speaking — and was transported to a nearby hospital.
He died a short time later.
Cops are investigating the death — and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play. Police are currently at the home.
We are deeply saddened by this loss. Heavy D was a pioneer and a true heavyweight in every sense of the word. He will be remembered as one of the rappers responsible for taking rap to the masses. His sound and energy were immediately popular and he will be sorely missed.
Here are a few of our favorite Heavy D. songs:
Mr. Big Stuff:
Overweight Lover’s in the House
Girls they Love Me