Heavy D. received a sendoff befitting his “Mr. Big Stuff” nickname as rap luminaries and entertainers across the board gathered at Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY for a private funeral held in Hev’s honor and billed as a celebration of his life. The rapper, born Dwight Myers, died at age 44 last week in Los Angeles from what the family said were complications of pneumonia.
The family was joined by the likes of long-time friend Puffy, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Chris Rock, Usher, John Legend, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Salt of Salt-N-Pepa, Denzel Washington and others to memorialize an artist whose influence and impact were felt mightily during rap’s development in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Rev. Al Sharpton read from a letter from President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama which read “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.”
A fund has been set up to financially aid Xea Myers, Heavy’s eleven-year-old daughter with more details available on the website www.RememberHeavyD.com.
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