Musicians Grieve for Heavy D

LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, Will.I.Am, Diddy and others pay tribute to the rapper, who died yesterday

November 9, 2011 12:15 PM ET
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Heavy D backstage at Madison Square Garden.
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Heavy D's sudden death yesterday at the age of 44 prompted many of the rapper's famous friends and fans to express their grief on Twitter. Here's a few of the best tributes from the past 24 hours.

LL Cool J: May GOD embrace the soul of Heavy D and Bless his family. I respected you Heavy and I always will.

Lenny Kravitz: I am so saddened by the passing of Heavy D. My condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace my friend. Guns and Roses. Lenny

Talib Kweli: When Jay Z shouted out Heavy D at MSG last night I almost broke down real talk. Hev is a special brother. When I was in JHS the girl I liked made up a dance to Overweight Lover. That's how I first got into Heavy D and the Boyz. Heavy D was always a spectacular MC but the album he made after Trouble T Roy passed was stellar. Blue Funk. We love you Hev. Without Heavy D ain't no Diddy. Ain't no Biggie. Ain't no Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Recognize. RIP. Later in life I became friends with Hev. He has been sending me new music for years. Incredible music. We love you Hev. RIP

?uestlove: Please someone tell me this Heavy D jawn is a joke. PLEASE.
Damn man. This is a wake up call like a mofo. Heavy D was a good friend & he'll be missed. Night I met him is funniest story ever.

Diddy: Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry. He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did.

Will.I.Am: #heavyD inspired me to be me..."We got our own thang"...thank heavy

Timbaland: the passing of heavy d really got me messed up. yall pls pray for his daughter & family.

Waka Flocka Flame: #sendingmyblessings #heavyD

Nicki Minaj: We'll never forget you babe! #hiphopelite #RIPHeavyD

Erykah Badu: Rest in beats Heav.

MC Hammer: 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.

DJ Premier: Still tripp off Heavy D...we had started the "Blue Funk 2 LP" and were on the phone while he put his B.E.T. Show 2gether at my studio

India.Arie: Heart hurting. #HeavyD ... I loved that Man. He was SO kind, Insightful and wise.. I will miss him.

Heavy D Dead at 44

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