Influential 90s Rapper Heavy D — cornerstone member of Heavy D and the Boyz and later a dabbler in acting — has passed away at the age of 44. He died in an L.A.-area hospital this afternoon, though the cause of death has not yet been determined.
While Heavy D did post a prolific and decorated hip-hop career during one of the genre’s peak periods, us white kids who were in grade school in the early 90s almost certainly know one Heavy D work above all others: He wrote and performed the theme song to Fox’s “In Living Color”:
Ahhhhh — if that doesn’t bring you a nostalgic chill, then we weren’t born within 10 years of one another. Either way, check out Heavy D’s revamped ILC Season 3 theme song too, after the jump:
Farewell, Heavy D! You’re with EAZY-E now in the big sentence in the sky.