Beloved rapper Dwight Arrington Myers, aka Heavy D, passed away Tuesday at the age of 44. The unknown reason for the rapper's death has left not only his fans but also many celebrities in shock, and everyone now wants to know how Heavy D died.
According to Los Angeles Times, the rap pioneer, who had a wide-reaching impact on hip-hop, may have experienced flu-like symptoms or pneumonia. The Times noted L.A. County coroner's office spokesman as saying that one doctor had prescribed a drug to Heavy D because of the rapper's cough.
TMZ also cited sources in the hospital where the rapper died as claiming that Heavy D died due to a heart attack.
However, the real cause of Heavy D's death may not be known for weeks.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Coroner's Office on Tuesday told the International Business Times that the cause of death 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. It's in its infancy stage right now. We don't have a lot of other information. 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.
TMZ reported that the rapper was taken to a hospital earlier Tuesday and was announced dead at 1 p.m. there.
According to TMZ, Heavy D was returning to his Beverly Hills home, when he got into trouble with breathing. Then, a man called Adam Mills found Heavy D in distress, and called 911 around 11:45 a.m. But Heavy D was able to speak at that time.
Heavy D was born on May 24, 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica. Heavy D & the Boyz was the first group that signed up with Uptown Records, and their debut Living Large was launched in 1987. Heavy D also collaborated with B.B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild rapping in the song Keep It Coming in 1997. He also performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards in October 2011, which was his first live performance in 15 years.
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