Rap legend Heavy D -- one of the most influential rappers of the '90s -- died earlier today ... Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.
We've learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .
When help arrived, we're told Heavy D was conscious and speaking -- and was transported to a nearby hospital.
He died a short time later. - [TMZ]
R.I.P. to the "overweight lover", who was responsible for many staples on 90s R&B/Hip Hop/Pop radio. He also introduced the world to one of the greatest producers of the era, his cousin Pete Rock.
Check out some videos of Heavy D below including one from a few weeks ago on the BET Awards, his first performance in many years.
Heavy D Performs His Hits @ BET Awards Featuring Tyrese
Heavy D - Don't Curse (f. Kool G Rap, Grand Puba, C.L. Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, Q-Tip)
Heavy D - Nuttin But Love
Heavy D & The Boyz - The Overweight Lovers In The House
Heavy D & The Boyz - Now That We Found Love ft. Aaron Hall
Heavy D - You Can't See What I Can See - MTV Studio Performance (Video)