Legendary Hip Hop artist Heavy D, born Dwight Myers, died earlier today at the age of 44.

As reported by TMZ, Heavy D was rushed to an Los Angeles hospital around noon today, and was then pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM.

Reports state that a 911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 this morning to report an unconscious male on the walkway. When paramedics arrived on the scene, Heavy D was conscious and speaking, but was then transported to a nearby hospital.

Police are currently investigating Heavy’s death, and so far into the investigation there are no signs of foul play.

At the time of his of passing, Heavy D was currently working on an album called Love Opus, and just weeks ago he performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards.

RIP Heavy D 1967 – 2011