Heavy D Obama Letter – Rapper Heavy D, who was known for his free-flowing, playful hip-hop style, was remembered by family and friends — and President Obama — in a funeral service held today in New York.
Last week, the 44-year-old rapper collapsed outside his Beverly Hills, Calif., condominium.
He was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Nov. 8.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,” the president wrote in a letter, which the Rev. Al Sharpton read at the service, The Associated Press reported.
Heavy D’s daughter, Xea Myers, said her father was “still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit,” according to the AP.
Singers such as Diddy and Usher attended the service held at the Grace Baptist Church in Heavy D’s hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Heavy D was returning from a mall at around 11:30 a.m. and was climbing a set of stairs at his condominium when he experienced trouble breathing, according to the condo staff, who tried to help him to his home.
Ed Winters, a spokesman for the LA County coroner’s office, told ABCNews.com last week that medication for flu-like symptoms were found in Heavy D’s home, although Winters declined to name the medication. He said no illegal drugs were found.
Born Dwight Arrington Myers in Jamaica, Heavy D was the youngest of six children. His mother Eulahlee, a nurse, and father Clifford, a film technician, moved the family to Mount Vernon, N.Y., when he was young.