The only rival to his larger-than-life appearance was the oversize delivery of his soulful rhyme, Heavy D, along with a trio known as The Boyz (Glen Parrish, Troy Dixon, and Edward Ferrell) racked up a string of hits during the early part of 1990s. But more importantly, their successes helped to set the foundation for other artists to follow and ushered what many called the golden age of hip-hop. In recent years, Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, tried his hands on acting with memorable appearances on television series A Different World, Living Single, Boston Common, and even a cameo role on the just released film Tower Heist with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. But music, his first love, was never far behind. After found unconscious at his home in Beverly Hills earlier today, Heavy D was rushed to a nearby hospital where the hip hop pioneer died. He was 44 years old.