November 8, 2011 – We lost hip-hop legend Heavy D. Born May 24, 1967 in Jamaica, Dwight Myers parents moved his family to Mount Vernon, New York where he was raised and where he would eventually team up with friends Eddie F, G-Wiz and Trouble T-Roy to form the group Heavy D and the Boyz. As the first group signed to Andre Harrell’s Uptown records, the label responsible for Mary J. Blige, and where a young Puff Daddy got his start, the group would release 5 albums between 1987 and 1994 (Livin’ Large, Big Tyme, Peaceful Journey, Blue Funk and Nuttin’ But Love) before Heavy D. released his debut solo album Water Bed Hev in 1997. Water Bed Hev was followed up by three more solo releases from the aptly dubbed Overweight lover: the albums Heavy released in 1999, Vibes released in 2008 and his 9th and final album Love Opus released September of 2011. Heavy also gained tremendous popularity from his work on the theme for the hit FOX show In Living Color which catapulted him into the world of acting. He has appeared in the feature films Who’s the Man, Life, Larceny, Step Up and 2011’s blockbuster Tower Heist. His list of television credits is even more extensive. He has held roles in Bill Cosby’s a different world, Tales from the Crypt, Boston Public, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Bones, Yes Dear and Law & Order: special Victims Unit to name a few. Heavy D’s bright star went out on November 8, 2011 when he died from a pulmonary embolism. He was 44.
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