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    Heavy D was remembered with laughter and tears at his funeral on Friday, where Diddy and Usher were among the celebrities in attendance, and the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a message for his young daughter that he said was directly from President Barack Obama.

    Sharpton read briefly from the note for 11-year-old Xea Myers; it offered the young girl words of encouragement. She also spoke, and told the packed church that her father was "still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit."

    Music Industry Reflects on Legacy of Heavy D

    [NY] Music Industry Reflects on Legacy of Heavy D
    Heavy D, the rapper who died suddenly last week, will be laid to rest this week. A private wake is planned in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., Thursday, and his funeral is set to take place on Friday morning. We spoke with executives and friends who knew him from the music world on his life and legacy. Watch the above video to hear Lenny S, vp of A&R at Def Jam, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Theophilus London and more reflect on the loss of Heavy D.

    Heavy D died last week in Los Angeles at the age of 44. His family said the death was due to complications from pneumonia.

    Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Myers, was influential in the development of rap. His hits included "Now That We've Found Love" and "Nuttin' But Love."