According to sources like People and MSNBC, Heavy D’s coroner has officially revealed that the cause of the rapper’s death was from a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in one or more arteries in the lungs.
The late Heavy D, who died suddenly after collapsing to the ground on Nov. 8, had the lung blood clot in addition to other ailments, said the coroner’s report on Dec. 27.
“The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, died after suffering from a deep vein thrombosis, in which a blood clot in the leg traveled to his lung and blocked a main artery, resulting in the pulmonary embolism,” reported MSNBC.
“The condition is often associated with flying, and shortly before he passed away the hip-hopster had reportedly seen a doctor for a persistent cough he developed after a recent trip to London,” the news channel explained. “He had also performed at the Michael Jackson tribute concert on Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.”
Heavy D was 44 when he passed away outside of his Beverly Hills condo after complaining of breathing difficultly upon return from a morning shopping trip in L.A., the police told People at the time of his death. A neighbor saw him struggling after walking up a flight of stairs, and called 9-1-1. He was rushed to Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Chief of the Los Angeles County department of coroner, Craig Harvey, wrote in the report that Heavy D’s manner of death was due to natural causes.
The rapper was also battling heart disease at the time of his death, according to People. The disease “caused his artery walls to thicken due to high cholesterol,” wrote MSNBC.
The news station also reported that Harvey ruled out prescription drugs as the cause of death.
“Toxicology tests showed that prescription medicine the performer may have been taking was not a factor,” said Harvey.
The official autopsy report will be released sometime within the next two weeks.
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