Heavy D's Funeral Sees President Barack Obama Send Condolences to Rapper's Daughter

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By Justin Sarachik , Christian Post Reporter
November 21, 2011|5:18 pm

Among the many celebrities and guests at Heavy D's funeral Friday, perhaps the biggest name was the one who couldn't make it, President Barack Obama.

However, he did send a note that was read by Rev. Al Sharpton.

The message was said to be for the rapper's daughter, Xea.

The President's note offered encouragement and condolences in hopes of comforting the child.

The 11 year-old spoke in front of the full church and said her father was "still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit."

Names like Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and a few of the Wayans brothers, as well as Eddie F and G-Whiz of Heavy D and the Boyz were confirmed to be at the funeral.

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BET is planning a tribute for the Sunday "Soul Train Awards," and will feature a slew of legends from Heavy's era: Curtis Blow, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, DJ Eddie F, Whodini and Daddy-O of Stetsasonic.

The results of Heavy D's autopsy came back inconclusive and now doctors can only await the toxicology results to close the book on what happened to the rapper.

Heavy died two weeks ago at the age of 44 with initial reports stating respiratory problems due to pneumonia being the problem.

Billboard reported an L.A. County coroner spokesman said that the police did not find any illegal drugs in the house, but only found prescription medicine for a cough he had been suffering from.

Doctors believe his premature death is strictly medical related and no foul play seems to be involved.

Heavy D was planning a comeback with the release of a new album in September, his BET Awards performance, as well as making plans for a music video.

TMZ said one of Heavy D's album collaborators, Carl Thomas, spoke to the rapper about two weeks ago and discussed plans for shooting a music video to "Still Missing You."

Thomas said Heavy had already picked out the shoot location and director.

Heavy D was hoping his latest performances at the BET Awards and the Michael Jackson tribute show would help put him back in the spotlight, as they helped create buzz for his album Love Opus.

 

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