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Heavy D: Determining cause of death likely to take weeks

November 9, 2011 |  8:17 am

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The L.A. County coroner's office said it probably will be six weeks before officials determine the cause of rapper Heavy D's death.

Ed Winter, a coroner's spokesman, said 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.

The coroner plans toxicology tests, which are common in cases when a relatively young, healthy person dies unexpectedly. An autopsy was expected to occur in the next two days.

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

Winter said Heavy had recently returned from a trip to London.

Heavy D was stricken Tuesday 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.

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"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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Rapper Heavy D dead after collapsing in Beverly Hills

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Photo: Rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, performing at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press