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Autopsy reveals that Heavy D died of blood clot in lung

December 27, 2011 |  2:30 pm


Beloved singer and rapper Heavy D, who passed away away last month at 44 after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home, died of a pulmonary embolism, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said in a report released Tuesday.

The embolism -- a blood clot in his lung -- was "most likely formed during an extended airplane ride," said coroner's chief of operations Craig Harvey, according to the Times' L.A. Now blog.

The rapper had recently returned from a trip to London. He'd been suffering from pneumonia and, said Harvey, "he was treating himself with cough syrup, but it was not contributory [to his death]."

Born Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D rose in the 1990s with a string of swinging R&B songs that merged the vibrancy of hip-hop with the rhythms of the budding new jack swing subgenre.


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Photo: Heavy D. Credit: Associated Press