Authorities have not yet determined what caused Heavy D’s death. After results were inconclusive, the Los Angeles coroner’s office has deferred judgment on what killed the rapper/producer (born Dwight Errington Myers) suddenly at age 44 last Tuesday pending the results of toxicology tests.
According to the Los Angeles Times, officials said the autopsy results were unclear and that it could take several more weeks to determine a cause of death. Coroner’s spokesperson Ed Winter has already stated that no illegal drugs were found at the rapper’s Beverly Hills home, but that a doctor had recently prescribed medicine for a cough.
“We need to see what’s in his system,” Winter said. The paper said toxicology tests are common in cases when a relatively young, healthy person dies unexpectedly. D had just returned from some shopping on the day of his death when he began complaining of difficulty breathing and collapsed. He died a short time later at a local hospital and officials believe his death is related to a medical issue and do not suspect foul play.
A private funeral is planned on November 18 at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York. Diddy and the Rev. Al Sharpton are expected to speak at the event and BET is planning a tribute to the Overweight Lover at Sunday’s Soul Train Awards that will feature Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Curtis Blow, Naughty by Nature, Whodini and Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O.
Fans will have a chance to pay their respects at a public viewing in his hometown of Mount Vernon on Thursday.
Heavy D’s family released a statement in memory of the artist, which in part reads: “The name and the success of Heavy D will always be synonymous with music forever. He never compromised his values and artistry, and encouraged his peers to do the same.”