The incredibly sad news of Heavy D‘s passing at the age of 44 this afternoon caught us off guard and totally shocked us. The news has rippled across the internet quickly and it’s clear that we’re not the only ones stunned and saddened by the hip hop artist’s death. We offer our deepest sympathy to those close to Heavy D, and offer a few of the Twitter condolences that some of our VH1 talent has written as well. R.I.P.
@StevenBWard First Smokin’ Joe and now Heavy D. It’s been a rough week. RIP
@GloGovan RIP Heavy D…. Hip hop legend!!!
@TamiRoman So sad, he was a dear friend of mine :( RT @UncleRUSH RIP Heavy D
@LaLa Stunned by the news of @heavyd passing away. He was an amazing man that always wanted 2help others..may GOD bless him in heaven&his family
@DritaDavanzo #RIP Heavy D… :(
@ShaunieONeal RIP Heavy D… Gone too soon.
@1andOnlyOlivia HEARTBROKEN AND SPEECHLESS
@JackeeHarry RIP Heavy D ( @heavyd ): Hip Hop Legend, Music Exec, … All Around GREAT Guy. #GoneTooSoon
@TinyMajorMama RIP to the Great Heavy D..he will truly be missed!
@MsLaurenLondon So sad to hear about the loss of Heavy D. I grew up on his music. He will be missed. #RIP Heavy D
@MashondaLoyal RIP Heavy D- God Bless a man that was truly a part of my musical era!! Sending much love to the family.. Mount Vernon!!
@DJDRAMA Heavy D “Who’s The Man” was on of my 1st pieces of vinyl when I first started djayin. Def 1 of the first 5 records I spent $ on. RIP
@IamMelissaImani Wow another great on gone RT @heavyd: “A ship is safe in it’s harbor.. but that,s not what ships are made for.”
@ChynnaSoul And my eccentric psychic timing is right on time! Praise Life cause you never know when your time is up! #RIPHeavyD #hipshaker
@4everBrandy I am shocked, overwhelmed, and all of the above at the death of @heavyd ! May you rest in peace!! I love you and I promise to live INSPIRED!
@MissJei38 RIP Heavy D and the boyz – now that we found love ( 1991) via @youtube
@RoyceLR R. I. P. Heavy D & Joe Frazier……… WOW!
@iamJennifer RIP Heavy D, a sad day in hip hop!
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