Earlier today the legendary artist known for a slew of hits had returned from shopping and was climbing some stairs when he started having trouble breathing. After a friend found him collapsed on the stairs onlookers called 911, Heavy D maintain a pulse while paramedics transported him to a local hospital. As of 4:03 p.m. EST we were informed he had passed on. Heavy D a mainstay in the late 80's and early 90's had over the past few years returned to the stage releasing a critically acclaimed album. Best know for hits like "Now that we found love", "Somebody for me", and a slew of other massive fan friendly songs was also instrumental in the career and success of fellow guru's and artists Sean "Puffy" Combs, Soul4Real, and many other artists. He was known as friendly and charismatic by all who met him. The music world has lost a tremendous talent. Heavy D was 44 years old.