Grace Baptist Church filled to capacity with mourners on Friday for the homegoing service of Legendary Hip-Hop Artist/Actor Over-weight Lover Dwight “Heavy D” Myers. Among those in attendance were Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Jay-Z, John Legend, Sean Combs, Usher, and Johnny Gill, delivered a powerful performance of “Never Would Have Made It.”
It was apparent that Heavy D, who at the age of 44, died on November 8 due to complications from pneumonia, touched so many over the years through his powerful and positive music, lyrics and showmanship. As he was remembered by family and friends through laughter and tears.
The service also included a letter delivered from President Barack Obama that read: “We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,”
Xea Myers, Heavy D’s 11-year-old daughter, also spoke briefly, and told the audience that her father was “still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit.”