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Rapper Heavy D dead at 44

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Celebrity gossip site TMZ has reported that rapper Heavy D died today at the age of 44.

Born Dwight Arrington Myers in 1967, the successful rapper known as Heavy D was taken to an L.A. hospital this afternoon and was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. pacific standard time. A 911 call was reportedly placed from his home in Beverly Hills sometime around 11:25 a.m. with a report of an unconscious male lying on a walkway to the house.

When paramedics arrived the rapper was awake and speaking with them, but died a short time later after being transferred to a nearby hospital.

Heavy D was 44 years-old.