Sunday, 5 February 2012

Heavy D's Death Hits Nicki Minaj, Usher, More Celebs

'Truly gone too soon,' Usher tweets Tuesday.
By James Dinh

Heavy D arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California
Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

<P>Hip-hop lost a rap icon when <a href="/news/articles/1674003/heavy-d-dead.jhtml">Heavy D died</a> Tuesday afternoon (November 8) at age 44, and the music industry is clearly mourning the loss. A string of stars, including <a href="/music/artist/usher/artist.jhtml">Usher</a>, <a href="/music/artist/timbaland/artist.jhtml">Timbaland</a> and <a href="/music/artist/minaj__nicki/artist.jhtml">Nicki Minaj</a>, have shared their memories of the late MC on Twitter. </p><div class="player-placeholder right" id="" width="240" height="211"></div><p> Usher offered his sympathy to the family of the Jamaican-born rap heavyweight, <a href="!/UsherRaymondIV/status/134038937709707264" target="_blank">tweeting</a>, "This is too heavy, I can't believe it. HEAVY D was just here. Truly gone too soon. My heart and support goes out to his family. R.I.P HEAVY." Mega-producer Timbaland couldn't even process the announcement, <a href="!/Timbaland/status/134043158483959808" target="_blank">writing</a>, "I'm at a loss for words rip heavy d." After re-tweeting the late-MC's last <a href="!/heavyd/status/133793313668071424" target="_blank">message</a> ("BE INSPIRED"), hip-hop's Harajuku Barbie also weighed in on the news. "We'll never forget you babe! #hiphopelite #RIPHeavyD," Nicki <a href="!/NICKIMINAJ/status/134046872791810048" target="_blank">wrote</a>. From one raptress to the next, Missy Elliott <a href="!/MissyElliott/status/134048022421176321" target="_blank">shared</a> her thoughts: "U will be missed Heavy D so many laughs we've shared but your Music is Timeless and will Always be Around 4ever Love u Heav..." Ciara <a href="!/ciara/status/134042091209752576" target="_blank">described</a> the MC as "a really nice man. Sending my condolences to him and his family!" DJ Drama and Nick Cannon reflected on the icon's impact. "Heavy D 'Who's The Man' was one of my 1st pieces of vinyl when I first started djayin," DJ Drama <a href="!/DJDRAMA/status/134047593767505920" target="_blank">wrote</a>. "Def 1 of the first 5 records I spent $ on. RIP." Cannon said he had "just talked" to Heavy D, <a href="!/NickCannon/status/134045736227713024" target="_blank">adding</a>, "He was just encouraging me about life." "RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!" Nas <a href="!/Nas/status/134036958933549056" target="_blank">chimed</a> in. Juelz Santana <a href="!/thejuelzsantana/status/134049100172754946" target="_blank">recalled</a> the rapper/actor's recent BET Hip Hop Awards performance. "RIP Heavy D. He was a Hip Hop Legend," he shared. "Crazy how sh-- happens. I was late 2 da BET Awards &amp; Heavy D's Performance was 1 of da only 2 I got 2 see. Blessed 4 dat opportunity. RIP." Boyz II Men, who shared the '90s spotlight with the MC, <a href="!/BoyzIIMen/status/134038232487825408" target="_blank">sent</a> condolences to his family, writing, "UGH...heavy d..always cool as hell with us..just a sick feeling....praying for his little daughter and family." <a href="!/mtvnews/posts/239786012747833" target="_blank"><big>Share your memories of Heavy D on Facebook.</big></a> <center><object width="451" height="279" id="kickWidget_176704_495694" name="kickWidget_176704_495694" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data=""> <!-- Firefox uses the 'data' attribute above, IE/Safari uses the param below --> <param name="movie" value=""></param> <param name="FlashVars" value="affiliateSiteId=176704&amp;widgetId=495694&amp;width=451&amp;height=279&amp;autoPlay=0&amp;playOnLoad=0&amp;js=1&amp;revision=110&amp;" ></param> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" ></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" ></param> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" ></param> </object></center></p>

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