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Rapper Heavy D - who died this week at the age if 44 - was trying to get fit at the time of his death, it has been reported.
The Now That We Found Love hitmaker, who lost 150lbs in 2008, was embarking on daily runs and frequent gym sessions having fell off the health wagon, according to TMZ.com. Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Neighbours have speculated he died following a heart attack and also claimed he was suffering pneumonia - although official autopsy results are still to be released.
At the time of his death the 6ft4 star weighed in at 344lbs, TMZ reports. Heavy D's weight yo-yoed over the years. In 2003 he lost 135lbs - although he claimed it was in a bid to get film roles, not health related. Three months before his untimely passing, he visited LA gym Ultra Body Fitness in West Hollywood to work out a new fitness programme.
One of his most recent trainers spoke to TMZ, saying Heavy D was working out six to seven times in the lead up to his death.
The personal trainer - named only as Tony - told the gossip website Myers diversified his routine with boxing and hiking.
Staff at Ultra Body Fitness have now erected a small memorial in his honour in the wake of this week's sad news.
Tributes for the lead rapper of Heavy D and the Boyz have flooded out thick and fast from members of the Entertainment industry.
U Can't Touch This singer MC Hammer tweeted: 'We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world.'
Rapper Diddy - real name Sean Combs - had a special connection to the dead rapper. 'Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry,' he revealed. 'He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did. My Heart is Broken. Pls pray for my man Heavy D and his Family. PLS #RipHeavyD love you Boy. 4ever'
The performer was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after being found in an exterior hallway in his apartment building, according to TMZ.
His neighbours have said he had a heart attack, though it has not yet been confirmed and police are investigating.
A business associate of the singer said that he had pneumonia at the time of his death.
The website spoke to law enforcement, who recounted Myers' last moments.
'Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing.'
'Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress.'Mills spoke to TMZ, telling them that he cradled the rapper in his lap as others called 911.
Heavy D was conscious at the time, telling Mills: 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe.'
When the paramedics arrived, he still had a pulse.
A police statement read: 'There are no obvious signs of foul play, and at this time his death is believed to be medically related.'
The case has been referred to the Coroner's Office to determine the official cause of death.
The star, who enjoyed success during the nineties, was pronounced dead at an LA medical centre at 1pm.
Heavy D performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards only last month. He followed it up by taking part in the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales, where he was joined by the King of Pop's sister La Toya Jackson on stage.
Heavy and his crew released their debut album Living Large in 1987. Their hits included Now That We Found Love, Who's the Man and Somebody For Me.
In the mid-1990s, Heavy D became president of Uptown Records, the label that released most of his albums and was the home to acts like Mary J Blige and Jodeci.
He also created the theme songs for sketch comedy shows In Living Colour and MADtv and acted on the TV shows Boston Public and The Tracy Morgan Show, as well as in the films Life and Step Up.
He collaborated with Michael Jackson on the 1991 single Jam and the 1997 duet Keep It Coming with BB King.
His latest album, Love Opus, was released in September.
He also had a cameo appearance in the new movie Tower Heist, starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller, playing a courthouse guard