Fans Gather to Pay Respect to Heavy D at Public Wake

Brisk weather and cold wind weren’t enough to stop friends, family and locals from paying respect to Heavy D, as the late rapper was mourned during a public viewing in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York on Thursday (November 17). Lines wrapped around Grace Baptist Church, as attendees were sullen, with a mix of eagerness and melancholy filling their faces.

After contributing to the hip-hop landscape for over two decades, Dwight “Heavy D” Myers was celebrated by many, including fans who braved the elements.

“I definitely don’t mind missing work for this,” proclaimed a proud fan as she passed by a couple Mt. Vernon police officers who regulated the lines.

Heavy D was dapper  in a cream pin-striped tux, lying peacefully as many walked in bowing in prayer and shedding tears. Decorated with wreaths and portraits, the church offered a warm, comfortable, and intimate setting for that came to praise and pay respects to the fallen hero. The iconic rapper passed earlier this month after suffering respiratory problems. He was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles and later pronounced dead, shocking many in the hip-hop community. Just last month, Heavy D made an appearance at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, where the “Overweight Lover” graced the stage and performed a medley of his hits.

Thursdays events kick-off the two-day farewell for the lionized figure. On Friday, the rapper and former executive is scheduled to be laid to rest. Diddy and a host of other celebrities are expected to be in attendance.

Stay tuned to xxlmag.com for a wrap-up of tomorrow’s private funeral. —Ralph Bristout

  • Hannibal

    Stylish and classy til the end..God bless

  • mary Mississippi

    God Bless you family and friends. He is already missed. Love ya Heavy!;)

  • http://xxl BIGED

    ITS A SHAME WE ALWAYS LOSE THE GOOD RAPPERS. RAP STILL HASNT CAUGHT UP TO WHERE PAC WAS 15YRS AGO. WE GOT THESE FAGGOTS IN TIGHT ASS JEANS STILL SAYING THE SAME SHIT. MY WATCH, MY CAR, I GET LAID. YA PEOPLE WANNA HEAR THAT IN THIS ECONOMY..RIP HEAVY D, WE NEED MORE LIKE U!!!

    • AJ

      thats hella true.
      rap and hip hop aint what it used to be.rappers like heavy D took us back to a time when rappers didnt wear skinny jeans and sell out.

  • Renee

    Still seems so surreal!!!! We have lost a pioneer to hip hop and I will be forever grateful of talents that he shared with the world!!! He was such a class-act and that will be hard to follow giving the shape of hip-hop today! RIP Hev! you are already missed!!!

  • Tonia D

    You will neva be Forgotten! Our Mr. Big Stuff! I Got Nothing but Love for U! My Prayers go out to Your Family! Rest in Peace!

  • shawn

    heav was one of da best dat ever done it during the new jack swing era. R.I.P brother. U will never be forgotton.

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  • Jess NY

    LOVE YOU HEAVY! We won’t forget and thanks for everything.

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  • Dana C

    Heavy D was a true pioneer. He put Mt Vernon on the map and he had all the ladies lookin’ at more robust men differently *wink* He and other artists made hip-hop fun. We’ll miss him dearly. RIP Heavy!

  • Sandy L.

    Heavy D , you were one of a Kind , you’ll always be my Overweight Lover ..May God Bless Your Family :-(

  • D WILL

    “BLACK COFFEE NO SUGAR NO CREAM THATS THE KIND OF GIRL I NEED DOWN WITH MY TEAM”
    YOUR OWN MY MIND AND I WISH YOU A PEACEFUL JOURNEY
    RIP WATERBED HEV

  • Rico L Champion

    It was cool seeing Shawn and molan Waynes come threw to pay thier respects in mount Vernon