In a private service held in New York celebrities and family who were close to deceased rapper Heavy D, real name Dwight Errington Myers age 44 came out to Grace Baptist Church to pay their last respects to the pioneer rapper.
Reverend Al Sharpton read a touching letter from President Obama to Heavy D’s 11 year old daughter Xea Myers. The letter read:
The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, reads a letter from President Barack Obama to Xea Myers 11-year-old daughter of Dwight Errington Myers, later known as Heavy D, during his funeral at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. The rapper, producer and actor died on Nov. 8, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David Karp) (Credit: AP)
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. 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.”
Xea also spoke about her father, and in a brave speech in front of the church she said that she knew her dad “was still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit.” Johnny Gill, Salt (of Salt-N-Pepa) and Usher also shared some words as well as Diddy who reminisced on how Heavy D helped him get his start in the music industry.
“He became my friend. He became my brother, and I’m not talking about friend-brother like we cavalierly use the word, I’m talking about a real friend, a real brother. Somebody I shared my dreams and my secrets with, somebody that’s been there for me at my lowest point, my darkest hour when nobody wanted to be beside me.”
The rapper was laid to rest in Mount Vernon, New York.
Autopsy reports found no illegal substances in Heavy D, the rap legend had pneumonia and had just returned from shopping when he walked up a flight of stairs and collapsed. Myers had been prescribed a drug for his cough by a doctor.