Heavy D Dead at 44: Musicians, Other Celebs React

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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! 20 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

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! 3 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

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. 41 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

In Flex We Trust » #IFWTRemembersHeavyD: Heavy D & The Boyz – The Overweight Lovers In The House http://t.co/2Jhic9gh 14 minutes ago via TweetMeme · powered by @socialditto

Finally, The Boyz get their chance to shine! 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Created the whole genre of soulful hip hop. Rip My man #Heavy D 48 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · powered by @socialditto

R.I.P HEAVY D grind king just paying respects to a LEGEND 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

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.. 24 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

About 20 summers ago Heavy took me out on the road as his opening act. Best time of my life. Really gonna miss him. http://t.co/Ivg3AVrr 37 minutes ago via WhoSay · powered by @socialditto

Heavy D was a great entertainer but a better person! He gave swagger to the big fellas to come after him! 42 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

Lost 2 friends in the last day - Heavy D & Joe Frazier. 45 minutes ago via WhoSay · powered by @socialditto

Heavy D was a great influence and mentor to Naughty by Nature. I learned how to be gentleman in this industry by... http://t.co/lHmdu2JF 53 minutes ago via Facebook · powered by @socialditto

Wow, RIP rap legend Heavy D. Too too young. 🙁 56 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

You can read more about the death of Heavy D at FamousDead.com