'Heavy D had a heart of gold... and was part of what's good about the world': MC Hammer's tribute to rapper after sudden death aged 44
MC Hammer has led tributes from the R&B world for rapper Heavy D, who died of a suspected heart attack yesterday.
The 44-year-old hitmaker reportedly collapsed after walking up stairs at his Beverly Hills apartment building.
An associate has also said he had pneumonia and police are investigating.
Tributes have flown in for the Now That We Found Love singer, Dwight Arrington Myers, the lead rapper of Heavy D and the Boyz.
Remembered: Heavy D, who died at his Beverly Hills home yesterday, aged 44, pictured at the BET Hip Hop Awards last month
U Can't Touch This singer MC Hammer tweeted: 'We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world.'
Rapper Diddy - real name Sean Combs - had a special connection to the dead rapper.
He was joined by the King of Pop's sister La Toya Jackson on stage.
She tweeted yesterday: 'My heart goes out to the family and (loved) ones of Heavy D. I am sooo sorry for your (loss). You will be in my prayers.'
Singer Brandy added: 'I am shocked, overwhelmed, and all of the above at the death of
Basketball legend and sometime-rapper Shaquille O'Neal posted a video online in rememberence of the rapper.
He said: 'A lot of people are asking me how Heavy D influenced me. Well, Heavy D was the one who taught me, as a superstar, it's okay to be humble.
'When I met Heavy D, he was just so nice to me. I met him when I was 14 years old. rest in peace Heavy D, love you.'
Showing their support: Tweets from Diddy, Ashanti, Snoop Dogg's wife Shante Broadus, Nicki Minaj and Erykah Badu
Heavy and his crew released their debut album Living Large in 1987. Their hits included Now That We Found Love, Who's the Man and Somebody For Me.
In the mid-1990s, Heavy D became president of Uptown Records, the label that released most of his albums and was the home to acts like Mary J Blige and Jodeci.
He also created the theme songs for sketch comedy shows In Living Colour and MADtv and acted on the TV shows Boston Public and The Tracy Morgan Show, as well as in the films Life and Step Up.
He collaborated with Michael Jackson on the 1991 single Jam and the 1997 duet Keep It Coming with BB King.
His latest album, Love Opus, was released in September, and he performed a medley of his past hits at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards last month.
He also had a cameo appearance in the new movie Tower Heist, starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.