Heavy D Funeral Today at Historic Church

The private funeral will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Legendary rapper Heavy D will be laid to rest today. (Getty)

MSNBC is reporting that a funeral for rap legend Heavy D will be held at a historic black Baptist church in New York: Grace Baptist Church of Mount Vernon. Grace Baptist Church's website says its congregation was founded by five black women in 1888. The funeral will be broadcast live on the church's website.

The New York-born rapper died at a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday after collapsing outside his home. He was 44. In a letter to The Root, sent by publicist Rachel Noerdlinger, the family of Heavy D said that that they will miss his bear hugs.

We'll miss Heavy D's positive energy, great music and love of his fans. He may be gone, but his life and legacy will not be forgotten. The Root has nothing but love for Heavy D. Rest in peace.

Read more at MSNBC. Watch the funeral live on the Grace Baptist Church website.

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