Heavy D’s Family Releases Statement

“He was a kind and giving spirit who extended and shared himself with everyone.”

Posted: 11/15/2011 11:15 AM EST

Heavy D's passing last week was felt throughout the hip hop community, with artists who the late rap star inspired and influenced coming out in great numbers to pay their respects. In a new letter released to the media, however, Heavy D is mourned by those who knew him best— his family.

"Hev had great love for his family and friends; he was a kind and giving spirit who extended and shared himself with everyone who crossed his path," the letter opens fondly. Credited to "Heavy D's Family," the memorial describes the late rapper and producer as a generous and humble man who considered his only daughter, Xea, his greatest accomplishment.

"Hev’s love for his daughter Xea was profound– she was the center of his life, his heart, his soul. He often said “I cannot live without her" and that she embodied every phenomenal attribute that he brought to this world.

Read the letter in full at AllHipHop.

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