Doctors have been able to find out the real cause of death of the famous New York rapper. Heavy D passed away on November 8 and according to recent analyses, Heavy D’s cause of death was pulmonary embolism, Reuters reports.
The 44-year-old rapper was found struggling to breathe outside his home in Beverly Hills. Heavy D was taken to a nearby hospital, but it was too late for doctors to save his life. Later on, the medical staff discovered that the sudden death was due to a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis.
Further investigations revealed that the hip-hop artist whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, had no signs of alcohol or drugs in his blood. However, he was suffering of the heart disease for a long time and his condition worsened with the passing of the years.
Before his death occurred, Heavy D traveled to Europe to promote his most recent material. A few days before he died, the rapper boarded a flight back to Los Angeles after performing at a Michael Jackson memorial concert in Wales. It is believed that these long-distant flights might have contributed to the performer’s death.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lung which is often caused by a blood clot that travels to another part of the body. Patients who suffer from this affection should avoid traveling by plane on long distances because the blood pressure gets bigger at higher altitudes.
The final results on the rapper’s death will be announced two weeks later when the autopsy report will be completed. Nevertheless, his death will most likely be classified as “natural” given the health condition of the performer.
Heavy D was born in Jamaica and moved to Mt. Vernon, New York when he was a child. He associated with other boys to form the hip-hop group called Heavy D & The Boyz. Their first album was released in 1987, whereas the break-out album “Big Tyme” was released in 1989. Heavy D was later on, co-opted for small television roles, such as, his appearances in “Boston Public”, “Step-Up” and “Big Trouble”.