Hip Hop Pioneer Heavy D Laid to Rest

Heavy D was laid to rest in a ceremony attended by many celebrities, which included Usher, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Don King, Q-Tip, John Legend and Rosie Perez, to name a few.

His funeral was held at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.

Heavy D, 44, died last week in Los Angeles due to complications from pneumonia, his family said.

The Huffington Post reports Xea Myers, Heavy D’s 11-year-old daughter, spoke briefly at the service, telling the audience that her father was “still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit.”

Heavy D was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the United States with his family where they eventually settled in Mount Vernon in 1976.

Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Myers, was a pioneer in the Hip Hop scene. His music ushered in the “New Jack Swing” era and he enjoyed much success from hits that included “Black Coffee,” “Big Daddy” and “Rock With You.”

Heavy D will be buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.

Pall Bearers Carry Heavy D's Body

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