Heavy D, born as Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital around noon, and pronounced dead an hour later, according to the site. A 911 call placed at 11:25 am reported an unconscious male on the walkway of Heavy D's Beverly Hills home. When paramedics arrived, he was reportedly conscious and speaking before being transported to the hospital.
The Jamaican American actor and rapper was the leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, best known for singing the opening theme song for In Living Color and MADTV. Heavy D was also popular for performing tracks with both Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
As an actor, he appeared on A Different World, Roc and Living Single before going on to star in Boston Public and the film Life. Most-recently, he guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU as the cousin and business manager of a superstar basketball player.
Heavy D performed at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards in October, as well as the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales that same month.