Late rapper Heavy D died from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis according to TMZ. The rapper’s flight back to L.A. after a Michael Jackson memorial concert in Europe may have been a factor in his death as well.
TMZ reports that a pulmonary embolism is a blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs. The condition is usually caused by a blood clot that traveled from a different part of the body.
Heavy D’s blood clot was formed in his legs, which is a symptom of long plane flights, such as his from Wales to L.A. on the day before he died.
The L.A. County Coroner’s Office says that the artist also had heart disease, which may have contributed to his death. The death was ruled as natural.
Heavy D. died on November 9, 2011 at 44 years old.