December 27, 2011 17:26

Rapper Heavy D's cause of death revealed

Hip hop star died after suffering a blood clot in his leg

Rapper Heavy D's cause of death revealed

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The cause of death of rapper Heavy D has been revealed to be a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis.

The hip-hop star, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was pronounced dead on November 8 after being found unconscious at his Los Angeles home with no initial cause of death named.

Now, according to TMZ, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has said that the rapper died after suffering a pulmonary embolism, more commonly known as a blood clot, in one of his legs, which was brought on by deep vein thrombosis. The rapper also suffered from heart disease, which could have also been a contributory factor.

The rapper rose to prominence as the leader of hip-hop group Heavy D & The Boyz, with whom he released five studio albums. The first of these came in 1987 with 'Living Large', followed by 'Big Tyme' in 1989, 'Peaceful Journey' in 1991, 'Blue Funk' in 1993 and 'Nuttin But Love' in 1994.

He then went solo in 1997 and released four further albums. These started with 'Waterbred Hev' in 1997, then 'Heavy' in 1999', 'Vibes' in 2008 and lastly 'Love Opus' which was released in September this year.

The rapper also appeared with Michael Jackson on his 1991 track 'Jam' and played at the recent tribute concert to Jackson in Cardiff earlier this year. He also recorded duets with the likes of Notorious BIG and Janet Jackson during his career.

Myers also worked as an actor and appeared in the Oscar-winning film The Cider House Rules as well as the newly released Tower Heist. He also had parts in TV shows Law & Order: SVU and Boston Public in the early 2000s.

US President Barack Obama, P Diddy, Usher and John Legend were among those who paid tribute to the rapper after his passing.

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