News just broke that hip hop legend, Heavy D, passed away this afternoon.

Although details are still forthcoming, TMZ is reporting that Heavy D–born Dwight Arrington Myers–was rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles and pronounced dead just after 1 p.m.

This news comes as a a complete shock. Just weeks ago, Heavy D performed at BET’s Hip Hop Awards and garnered a standing ovation from the crowd. The rapper recently traveled from London to L.A. and tweeted, “Back in the USA.. I love my life.. Only because I always have!!! BLESS UP!”

As soon as TMZ tweeted the news, many scrambled for confirmation. But after dream hampton, Heavy’s longtime friend tweeted her condolences, I knew it was true.

dream tweeted: “Of everything Hev was, he was thee best father to his daughter. Totally present. Everyday. RIP Hev. Love you.”

Other celebrities chimed in to share their shock and condolences for ‘Waterbed’ Hev.

Russel Simmons said, “I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Heavy D. A long time friend and a beautiful person.”

Nas weighed in, saluting Heavy D for his musical contributions, saying, “RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!”

Heavy D. was loved by many in the hip hop community. He was known for his upbeat rhymes and ability to dance. What many may not know, however, is that Heavy D introduced Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to Andre Harrell, and thus helped Diddy become the music mogul he is today.

Yesterday, in his last tweet to fans, Hev was encouraging.

Heavy D. leaves behind a daughter and a legion of fans. He was 44 years old.

Watch Heavy D doing what he loved best. What’s your favorite Heavy D song?

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