Dwight Errington Myers, better known the world as Heavy D, has passed away at the age of 44. Best known for such hits songs as “Now that We Found Love” and “Nuttin’ But Love” in the heady days of “Yo MTV Raps!” Myers was known for his trademark sunglasses, and heft. Eventually he lost the weight, and became a sometime actor, appearing most recently in Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist.

Heavy D came along at the right time for rap. His size made him less threatening that gangster rappers, and he made songs that were poppy. Such may be why he created the theme songs for In Living Color and MadTV. A Respected rapper, his last ten years were mostly dedicated to acting work.

Though he had already been in a number of TV shows, 1999 was a big year, as he was in Ted Demme’s Life playing against Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, and then in 1999′s Oscar nominated The Cider House Rules. For much of the next ten years he moved on to numerous supporting roles. He bounced from big screen to small, appearing in such films as Step Up, and TV shows such as Bones. Currently the cause of death is being called respiratory issues.

What do you think of when someone says Heavy D?