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Rapper Heavy D dies after collapsing outside his home

Photo: Rapper Heavy D arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty ImagesHip-hop legend Heavy D died Tuesday afternoon after collapsing on the walkway outside his Beverly Hills home, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead Tuesday in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was reported by The Times' Andrew Blankstein that Heavy D may have died of complications related to pneumonia, authorities said.  

Heavy D was 44 years old.

Authorities were called to the 400 block of North Maple Drive about 11:25 a.m. after a report that a man in his 40s had been found unconscious on a walkway near a building, Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told L.A. Now. Myers was then transported to a nearby hospital, where he died a short time later.

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Los Angeles County coroner’s officials told L.A. Now that they would be handling the investigation into the cause and manner of the death.

Rosen did not identify Heavy D as the victim. However, another law enforcement source confirmed to L.A. Now that it was the rapper born Dwight Arrington Myers.

Heavy D had a string of hip-hop and dance hits, starting in 1987, as the then-leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz.

Myers eventually went on to release a number of hits including "Now That We Found Love" in 1991. He also wrote and performed the theme songs for the comedy sketch shows "In Living Color" and "MADtv."

PHOTOS: Heavy D | 1967-2011

Myers had a handful of film credits, including "The Cider House Rules," "Life" and the recently released "Tower Heist." He can also be seen on recent episodes of "Law & Order SVU" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne."

Myers had just performed at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales on Oct. 8, singing "Jam" with La Toya Jackson. He also recently performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards; you can watch his performance below:

Prolific on Twitter, his last message, which he tweeted earlier Tuesday, read, "BE INSPIRED!"

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Photo: Rapper Heavy D arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

 
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