Diddy and Mary J Blige will be among mourners at next week's private ceremony

Diddy and Mary J Blige will be among the A-list guests attending the private funeral for rapper Heavy D in New York next week.

The service for Heavy D, who died Tuesday at the age of 44, will be held on Friday, November 18.

While the ceremony will be for friends and family only, the late star’s family has planned a public viewing for fans to attend on November 17.

The rapper, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was found unconscious in the walkway of his Beverly Hills home on Tuesday November 8 and was later pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Sources say the rapper had been suffering from pneumonia prior to his death.

Police investigating his death said there were no obvious signs of foul play.