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Heavy D autopsy results inconclusive; more tests needed

November 14, 2011 | 11:45 am

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The conclusions of an autopsy of rapper Heavy D have been deferred pending the results of toxicology tests, the L.A. County coroner's office said on Monday.

Officials said the autopsy was inconclusive and that it could take several weeks to determine a cause of death.

Ed Winter, a coroner's spokesman, said last week no illegal drugs were found at Heavy D's Beverly Hills home, but a doctor had prescribed him a drug after the rapper, 44, experienced a cough.

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The coroner plans toxicology tests, which are common in cases when a relatively young, healthy person dies unexpectedly.

"We need to see what's in his system," Winter said.

Winter said the rapper had recently gone to London.

Heavy D was stricken Tuesday while returning to his Beverly Hills condominium after a shopping trip and died a short time later at a hospital, authorities said.

Heavy D experienced breathing problems at his condo complex on Maple Drive and then collapsed.

"Upon arrival, officers discovered a male, 44 years old, conscious, communicative, but having difficulty breathing," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement.


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Photo: Rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, performing at the Grammy Awards in February 2009 in Los Angeles. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press