Funeral services for Hip Hop icon Dwight “Heavy D” Myers, who passed away on November 8th at age 44 were held on Friday November 18, during a service which was definitely fit for a hip hop icon of Myer’s status. Celebrities which included Jay-Z, Usher, Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Salt-N-Pepa, Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav are just some who attended the private funeral service for Heavy at the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY.
The service was a musical homage to a man who inspired R&B and hip hop artist from Mary J. Blige to mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.
At the service a visibly saddened Combs stated:
“Heavy D was the first person to believe in me. He’s the person who made me who I am today.I’ll admit that I took Hev for granted. I always thought he’d be there.”
Singers Johnny Gill, Yolanda Adams and Kim Burrell along with Myer’s nieces honored his life and memory through song. At one point singer Anthony Hamilton also gave a moving rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
Although unable to attend even the First Family, President Obama and First Lady Michelle sent a letter of condolence to Heavy’s family which was read aloud at the service by Rev. Al Sharpton.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,” stated the Obamas in the letter [Source]
What what the service home was when Heavy’s young daughter Xea stood up and spoke some kind words about her father, stating, “He was just amazing.That’s why we’re all here today. To celebrate his love and passion.”
Heavy left us with the message “Be Inspired”, hours before his death.