As the Hip-Hop community continues to deal with the shock of Heavy D’s passing, new details have emerged about the final moments of his final day.
According to TMZ, one of Heavy D’s neighbors found him in the hallway of his condo building yesterday afternoon after he had returned from shopping. He had walked up a flight of stairs and was having trouble breathing.
Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress. Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911. Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse. People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that. Law enforcement sources tell us … no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was “medical.”
Heavy D was also apparently fighting pneumonia at the time of his death.
His final tweet to the world on Monday night was “Be Inspired.” And from the reactions of his friends and the many people whose lives and careers he influenced, Heavy D had us all inspired long before that tweet.
From Hev’s longtime friend and co-founder of “Heavy D & The Boyz”:
Flip through and check out some of the others reminiscing over Heavy D.