by (@hallekiefer)

Heavy D’s Cause Of Death Revealed

In the weeks we’ve spent since Heavy D‘s death trying to figure out what to do with this love we found, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office has figured out that the rapper’s exact cause of death was natural causes. TMZ reports that the larger-than-life rapper, born Dwight Myers, died in early November of a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis, a condition in which blood clots form in the leg and travel to other parts of the body, sometimes fatally.

Deep leg vein thrombosis can occur after periods of inactivity, such as long plane flights, causing some to speculate if the condition was brought on by Heavy D‘s return flight from the U.K. following his performance at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in October. However, officials also reveal that the rapper suffered from heart disease, which was likely a factor in his demise. Either way, we suggest that you gather up your boyz, slip into your matching neon rain suits and hit the alley to dance out how depressed this news makes you feel. We’ll see you there; we’ll be ones in the leather newsboy caps.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Heavy D Dead At 44

Heaven just got a little more new jack swing. Rapper/actor Heavy D died at a Los Angeles Hospital earlier today of a yet-undisclosed cause. According to TMZ, a 911 call reporting an unconscious male in the walkway of his Beverly Hills home was made at 11:25 a.m. He was conscious when paramedics arrived but died shortly after being transported to the hospital.

Heavy (born Dwight Arrington Myers) had lost a lot of weight later in his career, but we’re glad he kept the name. Like many rappers after him, he also had a lengthy acting résumé that included roles in the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence flick Life, Boston Public, The Cider House Rules and most recently, Tower Heist.

For a look back at the considerable musical influence of Heavy D and the Boyz (“Now That We Found Love”) head over to VH1 Tuner. And check out his amazing fashion sense in the gallery below to put a smile back on your face.

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