Heavy D | 1967-2011
By Emily Christianson, Los Angeles Times
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Heavy D( Chris McKay / Getty Images )
Rapper Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home on Tuesday and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The Jamaican American singer launched his career in the late 1980s with the albums "Living Large" and "Big Tyme." He went on to act in projects such as "Big Trouble" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne."
Recently, Heavy D returned to rap, performing for the first time in 15 years at the BET Hip Hop Awards (pictured) in October 2011.