EXCLUSIVE: LA Coroner's Office Investigates Heavy D's Cause of Death

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Rapper Heavy D, seen here in 2008, died in Los Angeles on Nov. 8 at the age of 44. Los Angeles Coroner's Office has said that the MC died of a pulmonary embolism.

How did Heavy D die? The LA Coroner's Office has spoken to the IB Times.

The rapper best known for recording Now That We've Got Love and the theme song to In Living Color died at the age of 44 Tuesday afternoon, and the world wants to know how they lost a great rapper so young.

Rumors have swirled that his death may be from a heart attack and that he may have had pneumonia at the time of his passing.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Coroner's Office confirmed to the International Business Times Tuesday evening that Heavy -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- died Tuesday, and spoke about the cause of death, saying it had not yet been determined.

All we know is he was taken from a location in Beverly Hills on the 400 block of North Maple Drive to the emergency room at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and declared [dead] there, Spokesman Craig Harvey said.

He said the L.A. Coroner's Office is looking into the cause of death, and that an investigation is under way.

It's in its infancy stage right now. We don't have a lot of other information, Harvey said. Our guess is that the examination could occur as early as tomorrow, and any final cause of death would be deferred pending a toxicology test.

For millions of music-lovers unacquainted with Heavy D's music, the rapper is best known for being part of the classic Notorious B.I.G single Juicy in the line, Salt n Pepa and Heavy D up in the Limousine.

TMZ reports that Heavy performed as recently as Oct. 8, and that he was taken to an L.A. hospital earlier today, where he was pronounced dead at about 1 p.m. TMZ reported that a 911 call went out from his Beverly Hills home reporting an unconscious male on the home's walkway at about 11:25 a.m. this morning, but that he was conscious and able to speak when he was first found.

Born May 24, 1967 in Jamaica, Heavy D's family moved to Mount Vernon, N.Y., when he was young.

He recorded a number of hits, including the In Living Color track with Heavy D & the Boyz on Uptown Records. He also had a successful acting career, appearing in a number of movies and television shows.

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