Heavy D - real name Dwight Arrington Myers - was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital earlier today, and pronounced dead upon arrival.  He was only 44 years old.

According to TMZ, a call was placed to 911 from his Beverly Hills home to report a unconscious male on the walkway - and he was conscious and speaking at the time paramedics arrived.  The death is being investigated by police, and so far no signs of foul play.

Heavy D was one of the biggest rappers of the 90's - check out some of his past music below.