The legendary Dwight “Heavy D” Myers passed away on the afternoon of November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California around 1pm PST at an LA Hospital.

The loss of Myers signaled another painful reminder that popular culture is losing our legends at an alarming rate. Numerous current and past entertainers expressed their sentiments via Twitter and other media outlets. His groundbreaking arrival on the urban music scene in the late 1980s was instrumental in fortifying the foundations of Hip Hop and New Jack Swing genres respectively.

His incandescent wordplay and earth shattering dance moves were undeniably infectious. He became the quintessential lovable big guy and audiences gravitated en masse to his genius. He was a songwriter and actor that had the foresight to be a step ahead of his contemporaries during his prominent career.

Dwight Arrington Myers was born on May 24, 1967 in Jamaica to Eulahlee Lee, a nurse and Clifford Vincent Myers, a machine technician. Myers spent his formative years in Mount Vernon, NY where he became best friends with Al B. Sure!. At the tender age of eight, Myers began performing rap songs and by the time he was a teenager he was recording demo tapes of his own works. Alongside his high school comrades, Eddie “DJ Eddie F” Ferrell, Glen “G-Whiz” Parrish and Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon, he formed Heavy D & The Boyz.

As an executive at Def Jam Recordings, Andre Harrell yearned to cement his own legacy by starting his own record label. In 1986, this dream came to fruition. Upon hearing one of their demo tapes, Harrell signed Heavy D