According to a report on, the rapper Heavy D, who passed away on November 9, 2011, died of a pulmonary embolism, caused by deep leg vein thrombosis. A pulmonary embolism is the name given to a blockage in one or more arteries in a person's lungs. The blockage is caused by blood clots, which travel from other parts of the body. In Heavy D's case, it is likely that the blood clot was formed in his legs.

Shortly before he died, Heavy D had flown back to the States from Europe after performing at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. Long haul flights are often said to contribute to the effects of deep vein thrombosis. When MTV News spoke to the rapper's brother, Floyd Myers the night before his funeral (November 17, 2011), Myers stated that his brother had been in good health, with no underlying heart conditions. However, officials from LA County Coroner's Office have also stated that Heavy D was suffering from heart disease, which could have been a contributing factor in his death. The death has been classified as "natural."

Heavy D is best known as the lead member of Heavy D & the Boys, a hip-hop group who signed to Uptown Records in the 1980s. He later became the president of Uptown Records and helped to progress the careers of MARY J BlIGE and SEAN PUFFY COMBS.