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Rapper and Actor Heavy D Dead at 44

Rap music listeners "of a certain age" will remember Heavy D & the Boyz relieving some of the intensity and controversy of groups such as NWA and Public Enemy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their last album Vibes was heavily reggae-influenced, getting back to his Jamaican roots. More recently known as an actor, including roles in the movie The Cider House Rules and on television shows including Roc, The Tracy Morgan Show, and Boston Public. Heavy D also performed the theme song to the popular comedy sketch show In Living Color.