Heavy D Public Wake Planned for Nov. 17

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A website set up in the late rapper's honor details Thursday's public memorial.

A public wake will be held in Mt. Vernon, New York on Thursday to commemorate the life of late rapper Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 8 outside of his Beverly Hills home at the age of 44.

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Details about the service, which will be held from noon until 6:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, can be found on rememberheavyd.com, a recently created memorial website set up in his honor. It also includes information on how to donate to the Heavy D and Xea Myers Fund, which has been established in support of Heavy D's daughter.

A Heavy D hotline number can also be found at the site along with instructions for flower delivery.

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A funeral for the Jamaica-born, Queens-raised musician-turned-actor is scheduled for the following day, Nov. 18, also at the Grace Baptist Church. P. Diddy and Rev. Al Sharpton are expected to speak, according to the Associated Press.

An autopsy, it was announced earlier today, proved to be inconclusive with toxicology results pending. Reports cited that Heavy D was experiencing difficulty breathing and collapsed. It could be several weeks before the cause of death is revealed. 

Heavy D's family also released a statement. Read it in its entirety below:

“Hev had great love for his family and friends; he was a kind and giving spirit who extended and shared himself with everyone who crossed his path. He had a heart of gold, was approachable, very personable and gave of himself willingly and unconditionally. Though Hev will most notably be remembered for his work both behind-the-scenes and in the forefront, he will always be remembered by us as a generous soul who remained humble and unselfish till his final days. Out of all Hev’s successes and accomplishments, in his eyes, his most important triumph was that of becoming a father. Hev’s love for his daughter Xea was profound -- she was the center of his life, his heart, his soul. He often said ‘I cannot live without her’ and that she embodied every phenomenal attribute that he brought to this world. The name and the success of Heavy D will always be synonymous with music forever. He never compromised his values and artistry, and encouraged his peers to do the same. To us, Hev was the one who made us laugh, cry, sing, dance and turn a frown upside down. As a family, we are devastated by Hev’s passing but through our faith in God and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong. His ‘bear hugs’ are going to be deeply missed.”