Heavy D, the former leader of popular hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz, has passed away at the age of 44. It was reported that he had been suffering from pneumonia and was rushed to the hospital this afternoon. He was later pronounced dead at 1 PM PT. An investigation is currently underway, but no foul play is suspected at this time.
Breaking into the music industry in 1987, Heavy D and the Boyz had success with their first album Living Large. The group arguably had their biggest hit in 1991 with Now That We Found Love, you can see the video below:
One of the last tweets that Heavy D tweeted out was him paying respects to "Smokin" Joe Frazier.
SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER..RIP.. truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED,MR FRAZIER!
As I'm sure you can imagine, news of the death of Heavy D spread around Twitter very quickly, below are some selected tweets:
RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!
I was just with Heavy D in LA last month @ Manny's restaurant with our old crew. We said it was a reunion but we were really saying goodbye.
Finally, The Boyz get their chance to shine!
#Heavy DCreated the whole genre of soulful hip hop. Rip My man
R.I.P HEAVY D grind king just paying respects to a LEGEND
R.I.P. to rap legend Heavy D he had several big hits in the 90's he also wrote and performed the theme song 2 In Livin Color..
Heavy D was a great entertainer but a better person! He gave swagger to the big fellas to come after him!
Lost 2 friends in the last day - Heavy D & Joe Frazier.
Wow, RIP rap legend Heavy D. Too too young.
You can read more about the death of Heavy D at FamousDead.com