HEAVY D, the self-proclaimed "overweight lover" of hip-hop who became one of rap's top hit-makers has died aged 44.
Beverly Hills police said he died in a Los Angeles hospital after collapsing at his home.
Police said they had received a report of an unconscious person laying on the walkway of a building. They found Heavy D
was conscious but had difficulty breathing. He was transported to hospital where he later died. Detectives found no signs of foul play. Heavy D "was returning home from shopping", they added.