Influential rapper Heavy D died yesterday at the age of 44. According to reports, the rapper was climbing stairs at his condominium when he experienced trouble breathing. He was immediately rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead 90 minutes later. Cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Born Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D came to prominence in the 1990s as leader of the hip-hop trio Heavy D & the Boyz. Later, he became less known for music and branched out into acting, appearing in movies like 'Step Up' and the recent box office hit 'Tower Heist.'

Check out several of Heavy D's greatest hits below as well as an appearance he made on the TV show 'A Different World.' RIP, Heavy D. You'll be missed.

[via The New York Daily News]