Rapper Heavy D collapsed in his Beverly Hills home Tuesday morning and died a short time later at a Los Angeles hospital, according to the police and the coroner. He was 44.
The Beverly Hills police said in a news release, that Heavy D, whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers, was found conscious with difficulty breathing at his home after they were called there at 11:25 a.m.
He was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that afternoon. The cause of death has not been determined.
His hip-hop recording career began in 1987 with his group Heavy D & the Boyz, but his breakthrough hit came in 1991 with a remake of the O’Jays “Now That We Found Love.”
His last CD, “Love Opus,” was released this year.
Heavy D also pursued an acting career, which included mostly roles on TV shows and movies, such as Law and Order SVU.
Rapper Heavy on the set of SVU 9/13/11