Hip Hop Icon Heavy D Passes Away at 44

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Hip hop legend Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers) was one of the genre’s most iconic MCs, a man who helped introduce hip hop to the mainstream by collaborating with popular R&B artists like Al B. Sure on many of his albums. Now, TMZ reports that the 44-year-old musician is dead after being found unconscious at his Beverly Hills home. He died at the hospital a short time later. The older cousin of beatsmith legend Pete Rock, Myers put down the mic in his later years and became an executive who helped open doors for a lot of upcoming acts. Despite his crossover appeal, D was one of the rare acts who never lost cred with the rap community — a difficult balancing act to pull off in his day, but he did it. He recently had a cameo in Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist as a guard and performed at BET’s hip hop awards last month — his first performance in 15 years. Some reports indicate the musician died after falling down the stairs — which would be eerie considering his dancer Trouble T Roy died young after falling from the stage at a show. Commence turning on In Living Color (he performed the theme song) or “Now That We Found Love.”