For Thought: Rap icon dies

Isn’t it ironic how only a couple of hours after he tweeted his feelings on the death of boxing legend Joe Frazier that 44 year old rapper Heavy D himself would pass on? It’s ironic in deed, and now the entertainment industry has lost one of its biggest rap icons. According to Yahoo news, at around 11:25am a 911 call was made outside the rapper’s residence in Beverly Hills, where he was reported to have been lying unconscious on the walkway. Heavy D is said to have been conscious and talking when he was then taken to a local hospital, but was later pronounced dead in the emergency room at 1 pm.

This news comes as such a shocker to fellow musicians, family, and friends alike. Many are confused as to what caused the rapper’s untimely death, which is currently being investigated. Some took to twitter to emphasize on this great loss:

@CMilianOfficial: “RIP Heavy D… Heard the news today and was saddened. 😦 he was a really nice guy and had such a positive & friendly demeanor. Prayers 2 his family.”

@iamDiddy:  “My Heart is Broken. Pls pray for my man Heavy D and his Family. PLS #RipHeavyD love you Boy. 4ever! Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry. He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did.”

@NICKIMINAJ: “We’ll never forget you babe! #hiphopelite #RIPHeavyD.”

Stephen Hill, BET president of music programming and specials made the following statement after hearing news of the rapper’s death:

“I’m so glad that we got to work together for his performance at last month’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. Hev was focused, energetic and happy; he worked HARD, as he always had, to excite the crowd.”

He also added that “When Hev showed up, you knew the show was about to go down. Smooth on his feet and nimble with his tongue, the overweight lover/rapper/dancer was one who truly believed in the fun of hip-hop. Choreography? In rap? Yes!”

Heavy D & The Boyz was the first act released on Uptown Records, an MCA subsidiary that boasted a roster including Al B. Sure, Mary J. Blige, and an intern-turned-mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs. Heavy D collaborated with a great number of artists throughout the years including the remix of Janet Jackson’s “Alright,” and on Michael Jackson’s “Jam.” “Now That We Found Love” is the rapper’s biggest single to date, reaching number 11 on the Pop charts in 1991.

Heavy D can be seen in the recently released movie “Tower Heist”, starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. It’s definitely sad to know that he’s gone but let’s find some peace in his twitter status “I have relentless optimism,” and in his final tweet:

Source: Yahoo! News

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