Heavy D (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011)

Dwight Errington Myers was born in Mandeville, Jamaica to Eulahlee Lee, a nurse and Clifford Vincent Myers, a machine technician. His family moved to Mount Vernon, New York in the early 70s.

Myers achieved fame as Heavy D, frontman of Heavy D & the Boyz, the first group signed to Uptown Records. Their debut album, Living Large was a hit and their follow-up, Big Tyme, their breakthrough.

Heavy D provided the themes for TV shows In Living Color and MadTV. He also provided raps on Michael Jackson’s single Jam and Janet Jackson’s Alright. Myers turned to acting before returning to the charts for album number five, Nuttin But Love (1994).

In the mid-90s, he became the president of Uptown Records and went on to become the senior vice president of Universal Music. He was responsible for Sean “Diddy” Combs getting his first music business gig and developed the boy band Soul for Real.

Myers’ final live performance was at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 29, 2011. He had recently returned from a trip to Cardiff, Wales after performing at a Michael Jackson tribute concert. Just ten days later, Myers collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot, that the coroner believed “formed during an extended airplane ride.” Myers was only 44. He is survived by his daughter.