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Legendary rapper Heavy D died earlier this afternoon at the young age of 44. 

The unfortunate news broke when hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash tweeted “I was just told Heavy D passed away.”

Heavy D was most widely known for his role in the hip-hop group Heavy D & The Boyz, which included G-Whiz “Trouble” T. Roy, and Eddie F.

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Known for his hit songs like “Nuttin But Love” and “Now That We Found Love,” Heavy D was the first rapper to embrace his size and proclaim himself the “Overweight Lover.”

Most recently, Heavy D performed his hit song “Now That We Found Love” on this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Heavy D and his family. 

Take a look at Heavy D through the years as a rapper and actor in the gallery above!

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