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Rapper Heavy D dies at 44

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:36pm

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (TMZ) -- Rap legend Heavy D, one of the most influential rappers of the '90s, died earlier today on Tuesday, Nov. 8. 

Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon, and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:00 p.m. He was 44-years-old.

TMZ learned a 9-1-1 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 a.m. to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

Law enforcement tell TMZ that Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing. Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress.

Adam tells TMZ he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 9-1-1. Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse.

People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that. Law enforcement sources tell us ... no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was "medical."

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