From the folks at TMZ.com:
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.
Heavy D had several massive hits -- including "Now That We Found Love." He also wrote and performed the theme song for "In Living Color" ... and appeared as an actor in the movie "Life."
Heavy just performed at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales on October 8. He sang "Jam" with La Toya Jackson -- and rocked it.
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Dwight "Heavy D" Myers was a Hip hop legend whose hits bridged the gap between hardcore/keep-it-real crowd with the more radio friendly pop crowd, and whose overweight lover persona and surprisingly nimble dance moves made him a beloved figure in hip hop.
Heavy D and the Boyz Glen "G-Whiz" Parrish, Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell and the late Troy "Trouble T. Roy" Dixon, and 1987 debut Living Large featured the hits The Overweight Lover and Mr. Big Stuff which sampled Jean Knights, classic of the same name were big dance hits on hip hop radio and in clubs.
Durin the late 80's through early 90s, during a time when hip hop culture and music was becoming increasingly angry, Heavy D and The Boyz were always affable and respectful, with virtually none of the gunplay and misogyny that became so prevalent in the 90s (and beyond). But Heavy D never seemed to lose any street cred while pumping out a string of hits including Somebody For Me Gyrlz They Love Me, the early reggae and hip hop fusion Now That We Found Love Blue Funk and the all-star posse cut Don't Curse.
His last hits as an artist were in the mid 90s with Nuttin But Love and Big Daddy but he remained in the public as an actor with a recurring roles on Living Single Boston Public as well as in films including Big Trouble, The Cider House Rules and most recently a cameo in the film just released film Tower Heist
Last month Heavy D performed a medley on the 2011 B.E.T. Hip Hop awards his first performance in 15 years.
The Return of Mr. Big Stuff
We Got Our Own Thang
Girls They Love Me