Heavy D Died From Blood Clot

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Rapper Heavy D died last month of a blood clot in his lung that was likely formed during a long flight home from London, where he had performed a tribute to Michael Jackson, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Although some had speculated that Heavy D’s weight or pneumonia played a role in his death last month, the autopsy report released Tuesday revealed that he suffered from deep leg thrombosis that caused a pulmonary embolism.

Known as the silent killer, a pulmonary embolism is the medical term for a blood clot in the lung. A blockage typically forms in the legs. During long periods of inactivity, the clot can break off and travel to the lung, where it can become fatal if not treated immediately, said Dr. Matthew Butteri, who specializes in internal medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center.

“It’s the equivalent of a heart attack,” Butteri said. “Just like when you have a blockage in your coronary arteries and you have a heart attack. Well, this is an infraction in your lungs, so it’s really a lung attack because the blood clot is preventing getting oxygen to critical lung tissue.”

Butteri recommended in-flight exercises and short walks during flights to prevent clots from forming.

Heavy D, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home Nov. 8 and later died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 44.

At the time of his death, the musician was being treated by a private physician for a cough that some said may have become pneumonia. A toxicology report found the presence of medication in Heavy D’s system, but it was at a therapeutic level.

He was 6 feet 3 and weighed more than 300 pounds at one point, but had slimmed down in recent years. His weight was not a factor in his death, authorities say.

Instead, Craig Harvey, chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said the blood clot was “most likely formed during an extended airplane ride.”

Heavy D helped shape rap music in the late 1980s and ’90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae. He later became an actor, most recently appearing in the movie “Tower Heist.”

Other well-known figures have died or suffered from the condition. Tennis star Serena Williams underwent emergency surgery in Los Angeles in March for a potentially lethal blood clot in her lung. In 2003, NBC correspondent David Bloom died of a pulmonary embolism in Iraq, three days after complaining about cramping behind his knee.

Factors that cause the condition include immobility, such as being bed-ridden or taking long flights; surgery; smoking; the use of birth control pills; and a genetic predisposition.

BREAKING NEWS: Police Name Suspect In Slim Dunkin’s Murder

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Police have identified the suspect in the murder of Slim Dunkin’ as Atlanta rapper Young Vito, real name Vinson Hardimon. He is currently not in custody and authorities are urging him to turn himself in as soon as possible because he may be in danger.

“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” reads the release, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The killing was believed to be preceded by an argument and physical altercation between the two over a piece of candy. And interestingly enough, Vito’s single Fish Scale On My Scale was only viewable via a YouTtube page linked to USDA, a southern rap group founded by Young Jeezy. It has since been removed. If the public has any information about the whereabouts of Young Vito, they are urged to call the tip line or the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

The news comes just as Slim’s family and friends prepare for his funeral. The Brick Squad affiliate’s funeral took place today (December 23) at 11 a.m. at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain. His childhood friend Waka Flocka and label mate Gucci Mane will be paying for most of his funeral including a “white horse-drawn carriage, massive white floral arrangements, and a white dove release ceremony,” according to TMZ. The wake was held Thursday afternoon at Willie A Watkins Funeral Home’s chapel. The rapper will be laid to rest at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia.


Rapper Nelly ‘sued by American Express over an unpaid $20K credit card bill’

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First there were reports that Nelly had lost all of his money due to gambling and then stories surfaced about foreclosure.

Now it is alleged that the rapper is being sued by American Express for running up a $20,403.64 credit card debt.

The 37-year-old Country Grammar performer has sold more 21 million albums in the United States alone.

But he is said to have been having money troubles for months – if his ex-manager is to be believed.

In May it was reported that the hip-hop star whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr had reportedly lost all his money because of a gambling problem and was facing losing his home to foreclosure.

However Nelly insisted the stories were false and he even took to Twitter debunk the claims.

‘I no some hoping that 4closure statement is tru but I’m sorry EPIC FAIL!’ Nelly tweeted.

TMZ is now reporting that Nelly owes $20,403.64 to American Express.

The credit card company filed a lawsuit against the star in Missouri in October to try and get their money back, including $3,000 in attorney’s fees. A court hearing is scheduled for January 9.

The Mail Online contacted Nelly’s representatives, but so far they have not responded.

The Texas native has also had to address rumours of steroid use in the past after a celebrity drug dealer named the star as one of his long list of high-profile clientèle back in 2008, but Nelly quickly fired back.

‘The only people who say that is people who don’t work out. Anyone who goes to the gym knows what Nelly is doing is nothing,’ the rap star said during a 2008 interview when he was asked about the rumours.

The rap artist has been dating R&B singer Ashanti since 2004.


Young Buck Is Selling His Name

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Young Buck faces an obstacle that most rappers never want to come across during their music career. The Tennessee native and former G-Unit signee may have to sell his rap moniker as a result of his current bankruptcy case.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that the trustee administering the 30-year-old rapper’s estate plans to sell his trademarked “Young Buck” name along with other assets. Buck filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and Judge George C. Paine II recently signed an order converting the case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

“My name, Young Buck, has been with me since I was 12, 13 years old,” Buck stated. “At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. My name wasn’t given to me by G-Unit Records. They didn’t name me Young Buck. My mother calls me Young Buck.”

The conversion of his case does little to help Young Buck, born David Darnell Brown, who was close to signing with Birdman’s Cash Money label. The deal would have helped move the ‘Straight Outta Cashville’ rhymer out of debt slowly, being able to pay back child support he owes as well as the more than $10 million he reportedly owes 50 Cent and G-Unit Records.

Buck has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with the record label since 2008, which prevents him from recording any new material.


Rapper Tyler The Creator Arrested

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Tyler, The Creator was arrested last night following a show at a nightclub on the famed Sunset Strip.

The rapper, 20, who is known for violent and explicit lyrics, was charged with vandalising sound equipment in an LA nightclub.

The star, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was performing with his rap group Odd Future at the Roxy Theater night when an electric soundboard was destroyed, causing the venue’s security team to call police.

‘Suspect Okonma exited the location and was placed under arrest by deputies for felony vandalism, due to the value of the electronic soundboard,’ said a spokesman for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station.

‘As he was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street towards the deputies.’

West Hollywood is a Los Angeles-area city in which many of the Sunset Strip clubs are located.

Footage from celebrity showbiz website TMZ.com showed the rapper being jovial while sitting in the back of a police car, while amateur audience video showed the rapper kicking items around stage before leaving the venue.

TMZ also reported that the rapper was taken into custody in front of his mother.

But Tyler, The Creator, who received the best new artist award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, took to Twitter on Friday to deny the reports.

He wrote: ‘I Wasnt In No Jail Or Arrested Or Nothing,’ before posting a video that showed a raucous crowd jumping onto the stage during the Roxy show.

A representative for the rapper could not immediately be reached for comment at this time

Slim Dunkin’s Funeral; Police Still Searching For Murderer

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As Atlanta police on Friday continued to search for a suspect in the slaying of rapper Slim Dunkin, several hundred people gathered at a church in Stone Mountain for the young music artist’s funeral.

Mourners, some wearing T-shirts and sweatshirts with “R.I.P. Mario Hamilton” and “R.I.P. Dunk”, gathered at Berean Christian Church for the simple 11 a.m. service for the 24-year-old rapper.

The service included biblical readings from the books of Isaiah and John, a prayer, a solo, tributes from several individuals, including his brother, Marcus, a video presentation, a selection from the church’s choir and a “message of Christian hope” from Berean’s pastor, the Rev. Kerwin B. Lee.

Noticeably absent from the program, however, was any reference to “Slim Dunkin.” The program was nearly void of the stage names that are as much a part of a rapper’s identity as the music itself. It listed as one of the honorary pall bearers “Juaquin Malphurs” — a.k.a. Waka Flocka Flame, one of Slim Dunkin’s closest friends. The program did refer to Malphurs as “Waka” in a special acknowledgment at the end. He reportedly helped foot much of the cost for the funeral.

The program also provided a more complete account of Mario Denzel Hamilton’s life, including his years growing up in Detroit and New Jersey before moving to Atlanta. It said he “loved basketball, played with a semi-pro football team in the Atlanta area; and soon after his passion for sports went to his music.” The program, however, didn’t mention the rap music Slim Dunkin was pursuing to make a name for himself.

After the funeral, the casket carrying Slim Dunkin’s remains was to travel through the rapper’s old neighborhood on Rex Road in Clayton County, according to Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home. Burial would be at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia, the funeral home said.

The suspect in the Dec. 16 fatal shooting at a southeast Atlanta recording studio was identified as another local rapper, 28-year-old Young Vito, whose real name is Vinson Hardimon.

“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a release Thursday. Police said Friday the search continued for the suspect.

A Twitter posting earlier this year identified Young Vito as an “east Atlanta Zone 6 … street legend turned rapper” who was about to “embark on capitalizing the rap, fashion, & movie industry.”

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding Young Vito and said calls can be made to Atlanta Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or contact the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404-546-4235.

Fellow rappers Waka and Gucci Mane reportedly were picking up much of the cost of the funeral. Slim Dunkin was a childhood friend of Waka’s and appeared on Gucci Mane and Waka’s “Ferrari Boyz” album released over the summer.

Slim Dunkin was a member of Waka’s Brick Squad Monopoly. According to Rapfix.mtv.com, Waka attended a a public viewing Thursday at Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta “and although he was noticeably upset, he also remained composed throughout the night.” The web site also said other members of the Brick Squad, including Wooh Da Kid, also were present.

Witnesses told police Slim Dunkin, 24, got into an argument before a video shoot at a studio on Memorial Drive about 5:30 p.m. last Friday, and the altercation may have started over a piece of candy, according to a report by Channel 2 Action News.

Atlanta Detective David Quinn told Channel 2, “Someone came in and struck him and a fight ensued. Now the information we’re getting and it’s unconfirmed but witnesses are saying that this whole thing started over a piece of candy”.

The person he was arguing with pulled out a pistol and shot Slim Dunkin in the chest, witnesses told police. Hamilton was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

According to the web site HipHopdx, Slim Dunkin was at the Memorial Drive studio to attend a recording session with Gucci Mane and another rap artist, V-Nasty, for a “Push Ups” video when he was killed.

Quinn told Channel 2 police have pushed all week to get the witnesses to open up about the shooting.

“I want the family of Mr. Vinson Hardimon to give us a call, let us know,” the detective said. “We are fearful for his safety, because we don’t want anything to happen to him.”


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