November 8, 2011 in Nation/World

Rapper Heavy D collapses, dies in Beverly Hills

Los Angeles Times
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Rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, performs at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009. A representative confirmed Tuesday that the singer and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz died. He was 44.
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LOS ANGELES — Rapper Heavy D was pronounced dead Tuesday at the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home, authorities said.

Authorities were called to the 400 block of North Maple Drive about 11:25 a.m. PST after a report that a man in his 40s was unconscious in a walkway near a building, said Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen.

When they arrived, they found the man conscious and breathing and took him to the hospital.

Rosen did not identify Heavy D as the victim. But another law enforcement source confirmed it was the 44-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers.

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said they would be handling the investigation into the cause and manner of the death.

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