Rapper Heavy D,
who was known for his free-flowing, playful hip-hop style, was
remembered by family and friends -- and President Obama -- in a funeral
service held in New York.
Last week, the 44-year-old rapper collapsed outside his Beverly Hills, Calif., condominium.
"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," the president wrote in a letter, which the Rev.
Al Sharpton read at the service.Singers such as Diddy and Usher attended the service held at the Grace
Baptist Church in Heavy D's hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y.
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