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Coroner: Hip-Hop Pioneer Heavy D Died Of Natural Causes

Rapper Heavy D speaks during the 51st Annual Grammy awards pre-telecast show held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rapper Heavy D speaks during the 51st Annual Grammy awards pre-telecast show held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The cause of death has been released for hip-hop pioneer Heavy D.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office said the 44-year-old died after a blood clot in his leg traveled to his lungs. The clot most likely developed during a flight from England.

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The cause of death was pulmonary embolism and deep leg vein thrombosis. He also had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

The self-proclaimed “overweight lover,” who was born Dwight Myers and grew up in Mount Vernon, collapsed and died outside his home in Beverly Hills on Nov. 8.

The medical examiner said Heavy D’s weight likely contributed to his death.