Heavy D died at the age of 44 on Tuesday. He collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It has been reported that he had been suffering from flu-like symptoms the day previously.
Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office told the NY Daily News, "He had gone to the doctor the day before. He had what appeared to be like flu-like symptoms."
While an autopsy has been completed, the coroner has not made the results public. The coroner is awaiting the results of a toxicology test, which typically can take weeks to return. Winter said, “He was taking medication, so we want to see what the levels were." He added that Heavy D weighed 344 pounds at the time of his death.
Foul play is not believed to be involved, with Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department saying earlier, “There doesn’t appear to be any foul play. We believe it was medically related.”
Heavy D will be buried next Friday following a public viewing and wake at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. A wake will follow the public viewing. Grace Baptist Church is considered a historic Baptist church; its website says its congregation was founded by five black women in 1888.
TMZ has reported that among the invited guests are former Heavy D and the Boyz members, Eddie F and G0Whiz. Also invited are Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and the Wayans brothers.
In 1987, his group, Heavy D & The Boyz was the first group signed to Andre Harrell's Uptown Records. He also acted, including a role in the movie "The Cider House Rules," which won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Michael Caine, and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Irving.
According to Wikipedia, Heavy D "was a Jamaican-born American actor, rapper, record producer, singer and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), "Trouble" T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell). The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s. The five albums the group released were produced by Teddy Riley, Marley Marl, his cousin Pete Rock and Eddie F"
Heavy D's last live performance was also his first in 15 years. He appeared at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards in October of 2011. He also performed in the movie "Tower Heist," which premiered only 4 days before his death.
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