Rapper, producer, actor Heavy D was pronounced dead this afternoon in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. Details are still emerging, but he was apparently found unconscious near his Beverly Hills home before being rushed to hospital.
The man born Dwight Arrington Myers in Jamaica was raised in Mount Vernon, N.Y. and went on to become one of the most successful rappers of the late1980s and early '90s with his group Heavy D & The Boyz. Aside from a string of hits, he also provided the theme song for FOX TV's In Living Color, and his acting career included an appearance in the new Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy movie Tower Heist.
Reaction on Twitter was swift, with many people taking to the social media outlet to share their thoughts.
"R.I.P. my man Heavy D a true HIP HOP GOD. damn," tweeted Chuck D, while OutKast's Big Boi wrote "A true pioneer may god bless your soul." Run DMC's Rev. Run tweeted "R.I.P to one of the best rappers who ever Did it @HeavyD You will be missed tremendously!" and Marlon Wayans posted several reactions, including the admission that "I didn't cry this much when my own grandma passed #smh *wipes teArs, giggles, snot bubble, giggles."
Heavy D himself took to Twitter earlier in the day: His last tweet read "BE INSPIRED!"
There are sure to be many tributes to the man in coming days, but for now we'll leave you with the clip for Don't Curse, from the 1991 album Peaceful Journey.