By// Mariah Craddick
It’s difficult to believe that a year ago today, hip-hop legend Dwight “Heavy D” Arrington Myers passed away after suffering from a pulmonary embolism brought on by a blood clot in his leg formed during an extended airplane ride. He was only 44.
Heavy D’s death came as a shock for many, especially because he had just given a stellar performance at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards—his first live televised performance in 15 years.
Dubbed the “Overweight Lover,” Heavy D had reportedly been trying to lose weight at the time prior to his death, according to the Daily Mail. It was reported that the entertainer lost 150 lbs in 2008, and was on a continuous quest to maintain good health.
The Jamaican-American rapper shot to popularity in the 1990s as the front man for the Heavy D & the Boyz, banging out hits like “Now That We Found Love” and theme songs for In Living Color and MadTV.
MC Hammer took to Twitter following news of his death, tweeting: We had a lot of great times together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what’s good about this world.
Today, JET pays tribute to a rap pioneer. Check out this throwback that still has us rocking on the dance floor today: