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Heavy D's Final Performance at BET Hip-Hop Awards Was Part of Comeback Attempt (Video)

Heavy D
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Heavy D performing at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards

The rapper, who released a digital-only album titled "Love Opus" in September, performed a medley of hits at the Oct. 11 show in Atlanta.

Heavy D was in the midst of trying to make a comeback before his sudden death Tuesday at age 44.

The rapper, came to prominence in the 1990s as part of Heavy D & the Boyz with a slew of late-1980s/early '90s hits including "Now That We Found Love," released a digital-only album titled Love Opus in September.

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On Oct. 8, he gave his first live performance in 15 years at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales.

Three days later, he hit the stage again at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, where he performed a medley of his classic songs, including "Is It Good to You" and "The Overweight Lover."

It also would turn out to be his final performance. [Watch the video below.]

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At around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Beverly Hills police officers were dispatched to the rapper's home to follow up on a report of an "unconscious person" laying on the walkway of a building. Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was then transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles by Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics, according to a Beverly Hills Police Department statement.

An investigation revealed that Heavy D. had returned from shopping and experienced difficulty breathing while walking into his building. Building personnel were helping him up to his condo when he collapsed.

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He was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. at Cedars. Foul play is not suspected, and his death is believed to be medically related.

Heavy D also was an actor, with roles in The Cider House Rules, The Tracy Morgan Show,Bones, Law & Order: SVU and, most recently, Brett Ratner's Tower Heist.