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Heavy D: coroner's report indicates pulmonary embolism

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The death of Dwight Myers (known to the music world as Heavy D) remains tragic but is now no longer mysterious. According to the report by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, the 44-year-old rap icon died due to a pulmonary embolism (a blockage of the main artery that services the lungs) and deep leg-vein thrombosis (a condition that causes blood clots). As the coroner notes, he also suffered from cardiovascular disease (likely exacerbated by his weight), which also contributed to his passing.

A more detailed version of the the coroner’s report should appear within two weeks, but the preliminary findings match up with the assumptions and speculations made by fans when Heavy D passed away on November 8. Though he had been medicating himself with cough syrup for symptoms related to pneumonia, though neither of those elements contributed to his passing.

It’s likely that the MC developed deep vein thrombosis during the long transcontinental flight he took the day before he died, as he had just returned home to Los Angeles after a trip to London.

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