Heavy D's Death (November 8, 2011)

The world of hip-hop was stunned to learn that Heavy D passed away suddenly at the age of 44 from what is believed to be complications of pneumonia. The veteran rapper had just performed brilliantly a month earlier at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Known as one of the warmest, most good-natured people in the rap game, Heavy's name will live on not only through his classic albums and his acting roles, but also through his 11-year-old daughter Xea Myers. The last tweet he sent before he died happened to read: “Be inspired!” It would be hard to find two words that better describe Heavy D's life and legacy. Rest in peace.