Friday, November 11, 2011

Heavy D dead

Heavy D dead: Rapper lost 150lbs and was still trying to lose weight at time of death | Mail Online

Rapper Heavy D - who died this week at the age if 44 - was trying to get fit at the time of his death, it has been reported.

The Now That We Found Love hitmaker, who lost 150lbs in 2008, was embarking on daily runs and frequent gym sessions having fell off the health wagon, according to TMZ.com.

Neighbours have speculated he died following a heart attack and also claimed he was suffering pneumonia - although official autopsy results are still to be released.

At the time of his death the 6ft4 star weighed in at 344lbs, TMZ reports.

Heavy D's weight yo-yoed over the years. In 2003 he lost 135lbs - although he claimed it was in a bid to get film roles, not health related.

One of his most recent trainers spoke to TMZ, saying Heavy D was working out six to seven times in the lead up to his death.

The personal trainer - named only as Tony - told the gossip website Myers diversified his routine with boxing and hiking.

Staff at Ultra Body Fitness have now erected a small memorial in his honour in the wake of this week's sad news.

Tributes for the lead rapper of Heavy D and the Boyz have flooded out thick and fast from members of the Entertainment industry.

U Can't Touch This singer MC Hammer tweeted: 'We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world.'

Rapper Diddy - real name Sean Combs - had a special connection to the dead rapper. 'Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry,' he revealed.

'He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did. My Heart is Broken. Pls pray for my man Heavy D and his Family. PLS #RipHeavyD love you Boy. 4ever'

The performer was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after being found in an exterior hallway in his apartment building, according to TMZ.

His neighbours have said he had a heart attack, though it has not yet been confirmed and police are investigating.

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