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Heavy D’s Death and the Age of “Last Tweets”

November 9, 2011

Rest in peace Heavy D ~ May 24, 1967-November 8, 2011

Rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed from his home to a Los Angeles around noon today for undisclosed reasons. The 44-year-old was pronounced dead by 1 p.m.

Reports have surfaced that a phone call was made from Myers’ apartment building around 11:25 a.m. to report an unconscious male on the walkway. Myers was conscious and even shared a few words with medical staff upon their arrival. Police have been called to the home and are investigating the strange turn of events.

Once again, Twitter is becoming an interesting supplement to tragic news of death. We saw in the case of Mikey Welsh, the former Weezer bassist who predicted his death, one of many eerie tidbits shared on the expansive forum of Twitter moments before passing away.

In the case of Heavy D, it was an opposite, uplifting message.

What would normally be a passive message of optimism is now an immortalized 'last Tweet' of the late rapper, Heavy D.

The rapper even Tweeted a memorial to Joe Frazier, the heavyweight boxer who passed away only hours before Heavy D’s unforeseeable ending.

Nonetheless, Twitter is not only becoming a first-source on celebrity passing (i.e. Amy Winehouse), but also an invaluable resource for investigators in tracking victims final actions and more importantly, thoughts…

The hip-hop legend was best known as the leader of Heavy D and the Boyz, a rap group who burst onto the scene in 1987 with their album Living Large. The group remained one of hip-hop’s perennial outfits on into the early 1990s, even finding pop culture immortality through television shows such as In Living Colour and Mad TV, recording theme songs for the series.

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