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Did obesity play a role in Heavy D’s death?

Rapper Heavy D, who weighed 344 pounds, died last week in California. The cause has yet to be determined. Rapper Heavy D, who weighed 344 pounds, died last week in California. The cause has yet to be determined. (David Goldman/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Deborah Kotz
Globe Staff / November 14, 2011

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Rap star Heavy D died last week at age 44 from what looked to be a “touch of pneumonia,’’ according to his cousin, which had been diagnosed by a doctor the day before he collapsed in front of his Beverly Hills home. The coroner’s office declined to release a cause of death until a toxicology report had been completed. Heavy D’s excessive body weight, however, most likely played a role in his early death. Weighing in at 344 pounds when he died, Heavy D was morbidly obese, which made him more susceptible to a host of health problems.

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