Heavy D has passed away at the age of 44.
TMZ.com reports that the rapper was taken to a Los Angeles hospital around noon today. He was pronounced dead around 1 p.m.
A 911 call was made from his home in Beverly Hills at 11:25 a.m., reporting that a man was lying unconscious in the walkway. When emergency crews arrived, Heavy D was conscious and able to speak.
There’s no word on what killed the rapper, who recently performed at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, but authorities are investigating the matter. So far, foul play is not suspected in Heavy D’s untimely passing.
It’s seems almost as though he knew his time was near: Before his passing, the rapper left one last message to the world, tweeting "Be inspired."