heavy-d-getty.jpgInfluential rapper, composer and actor Heavy D died Tuesday (Nov. 8). He was just 44 years old. The cause of death is still under investigation, although according to TMZ, foul play is not expected.

Born Dwight Errington Myers, Heavy D rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his rap group Heavy D & the Boyz. His first album “Living Large” came out in 1987, but it was his 1989 release “Big Tyme” that moved him into the big time with songs like “Somebody For Me” and “We Got Our Own Thang.” The album finished 1989 as the top selling soul record of the year.

Over the years Heavy D recorded 11 albums and composed the themes for the FOX comedies “In Living Color” and “MADtv.” In addition to his own music, Heavy D performed alongside Michael Jackson on his song “Jam” and with Janet Jackson on her song “Alright.”

Heavy D also had a pretty impressive acting resume having performed in movies including “The Cider House Rules” and the recently released “Tower Heist.” He also kept busy with TV working on shows like “Bones,” “Boston Public” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Many celebs including those in the rap community have taken to Twitter to comment on his death.

Ice T, who worked with Heavy D on “Law & Order” writes,”Terrible news ‘Heavy D’ died today.. Rest In Peace homie…He was just on SVU jokin around.. I feel sick. Everyone on the SVU set devastated. Especially me and Mariska.”

R.I.P. big man.

Posted by:David Eckstein