R.I.P. Heavy D

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

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