Heavy D Cause Of Death: Blood Clot
He was famous for the 1991 hit "Now That We Found Love." He once worked with Janet and Michael Jackson. His music even appeared on shows like "In Living Color" and "MADtv."
The life and times of Heavy D all came crashing down on November 8, however, when the rapper died after collapsing at his Beverly Hills home.
The official cause of death was just released by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, who say the 44-year-old died of a pulmonary embolism (PE), deep leg vein thrombosis (DVT), and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
What’s most tragic about the prognosis is that the conditions that eventually caused Heavy D’s death could have been prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making things truly tragic is the staggering news that the rapper visited his doctor the day before he died, complaining of "flu like symptoms."
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, typically in the thigh, pelvis or lower leg. While it can happen to anyone, risk factors like obesity – which Heavy D struggled with for years – can increase the likelihood.
The CDC says that PE is the most serious complication of DVT and happens when part of the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. They also mentioned that people can sometimes recover from a small blood clot, but that a large one can be lethal because it stops blood from reaching the lungs.
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