UPDATE: Heavy D may have taken a terrible fall down the steps at his home, sources are revealing, and that may have contributed to his death.
(AllHipHop News) Rapper Heavy D. was pronounced dead at a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon.
Details are sketchy, but after a tweet from Grandmaster Flash, the news spread quickly.
The rapper, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was taken to a Los Angeles hospital about noon.
He was pronounced dead at 1 pm.
Heavy D, who made a tremendous impact in the 80s and 90s, recently performed at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
He was the closing act and didn't appear to have any health issues.
At press time, the cause of death is unknown.
According to an update from TMZ.com, someone called 911 from rapper/actor's Beverly Hills home, around 11:30 AM Pacific time.
When paramedics arrived, Heavy D. was alive and speaking, but he died a short time later.
The rapper's final tweet summed up his positive attitude: "BE INSPIRED!"