Heavy D Laid to Rest

Heavy D Laid to Rest

Stars, politicians and family bid farewell to rap star at moving funeral.

Published November 18, 2011

Dwight “Heavy D” Myers was loved by many. The rapper, who died on November 8 from respiratory issues, was laid to rest today at a star-studded private funeral service in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York.


Among those in attendance were music star Usher, Johnny Gill, Yolanda Adams and Sean “Didy Combs,” who gave a speech about his close friend.


“I had an idea that I wanted to manage Heavy D. The only problem was I didn’t know him,” said Combs, who was sporting a black sling, the result of shoulder surgery. “I just knew we were from the same town. So I made a plan to bump into him. So I would stand on his block hoping he would stop and roll down his window. He would pull up and talk to me and I would be his manager. That didn’t work well, because he kept driving by. But then I found out about a pizza shop he liked. So I would hang out there. My plan worked. I met him at the pizza shop. He was the type of guy to hear you out. I asked him if he would help me meet Andre Harrell so I could get an internship at Uptown. He got me the chance to work with Andre and the rest is history. A lot of our dreams came true, thank god.”


Revarnerd Al Sharpton presented a special plaque from President Barack Obama to Heavy’s 13-year-old daughter Xea Myers. The president penned a handwritten message on the plaque for Xea.


“Don’t sit here crying for Heavy, look at yourself. Heavy wrote himself in the book of time. I come today, really though, to give his daughter something. She will have to deal with the legacy of her father. I brought her something. I want you to keep this, Xea,” said Reverend Sharpton.


In a rather emotional moment, Xea spoke to the audience.


“My father was a wonderful man,” Xea said. “He’s still not in flesh but in spirit and in love. We are here to celebrate his love and passion. I love you, daddy, and we will miss you.”

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Written by BET-Staff


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