Coroner: Heavy D died from pulmonary embolism

Rapper and Mount Vernon native Heavy D died due to a pulmonary embolism and deep leg vein thrombosis, the Los Angeles coroner announced today.

The 44-year-old performer, whose real name was Dwight Errington, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home Nov. 8.

Officials say weight and a transcontinental jet flight were also factors in the rapper's sudden death.

Heavy D was behind some of hip-hop's most successful hits and he inspired some of the industry's biggest stars, many of whom attended his funeral in Mount Vernon.

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