Popular 90s rapper Heavy D, who died Nov. 8 of respiratory failure at the age of 44, left fans, friends and family with an uplifting message just one day before his passing.
"BE INSPIRED!" was the rapper's last tweet on Nov 7. Some believe this may have been in response to the death of world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier on that day. Earlier, Heavy D had posted, "SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER..RIP...truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED, MR FRAZIER!"
Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was pronounced dead on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing outside of his Beverly Hills condo. He had just returned from Europe and was laying on the ground having difficulty breathing when a passerby called paramedics, who rushed the conscious rapper to the hospital where he later died. Heavy D was reportedly suffering from pneumonia at the time.
The rapper lead the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, which was the first band to sign with Uptown Records, and the group produced hits such as "Nuttin But Love," "Gyrlz, They Love Me" and "Now That We Found Love."
Heavy D also worked alongside pop superstar Michael Jackson, rapping on the legend's hit song "Jam," as well as sister Janet Jackson's "Alright." He also produced and made TV and movie appearances, his latest being the recently released Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller comedy "Tower Heist."
Heavy D was known to post messages of hope and inspiration on Twitter.
"Never stop believing," he tweeted Nov. 4. "Magic is just science we don't understand. Every original idea was considered insanity at first."
On Oct. 27, he wrote, "We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
He also tweeted, "All things are possible until they are proved impossible and even the impossible may only be so, as of now."