Heavy D would’ve celebrated his 45th birthday yesterday. And in his honor, Mt. Vernon honored the late rapper with his own day. Heav’s cousin, Pete Rock was in attendance and had this to say:
“He’s here with us,” Pete Rock told News 12. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. He was my best friend.”
Last night, BET aired the annual Soul Train Music Awards. During the ceremony, Doug E Fresh, Goodie Mob, Naughty By Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Kurtis Blow and others paid tribute to the late Heavy D. Love, peace and soul, Heav.
Earlier today, family and friends said their farewells to Heavy D who passed away last Tuesday. The private funeral service was held at the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon NY. Kid N Play’s DJ Wiz reflected with MTV on the times he had with Heav.
During the service, Rev. Al Sharpton called Heavy’s daughter Xea Myers to the podium to read a written message from President Obama.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time,” the note from Obama read. “He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
Those who said their goodbyes included Diddy, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Denzel Washington and more.
This evening, a public memorial service for Heavy D was held at the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY. Afterwards at the family’s home, the rapper’s brother Floyd Myers spoke to MTV on their conversation the day before his passing, his health, legacy and more.
A private funeral service will be held tomorrow. Support Heav and his daughter Xia Meyers’ fund at RememberHeavyD.com.
Andre Harrell paid homage to his former Uptown Records artist yesterday on his weekly show on NY’s 98.7 Kiss FM. During the 2 hour long broadcast, Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige, Rev Run, LL Cool J, and Steve Stoute called in to give their memories of Heavy D.
Q-Tip 1:17:54 | Mary J. Blige: 1:25:40| Rev Run: 1:40: 46| LL Cool J: 1:52:44 |Steve Stoute 1:58:23
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