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Brett Ratner Returns To Twitter Following Oscar Exit

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Thanks for the thoughtful words, Brett.

For the first time since exiting the Oscars, Brett Ratner sent out some tweets today, which are as follows:

G-d Bless Heavy D! He was a great man and one of my closest friends. I miss him!

He then followed up with a plug, tweeting:

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Heavy D's Public Viewing Next Thursday, Private Celeb Clad Funeral Friday

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It's still just as sad writing about this now as it was when we did the first post on Heavy D's death.

The rapper who was found dead in his Beverly Hills home Tuesday will be remembered two ways next week.

On Thursday, there were will be a public viewing in NYC for anyone who wants to go and pay tribute. But on Friday, there will be a very exclusive funeral service reserved only for family and close friends.

The list of close friends includes Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and some Wayan Brothers.

We wish his spirit all the peace.

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Heavy D Passes Away From 'Medically Related' Circumstances

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So sad!

44-year-old rapper and actor Heavy D unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday after collapsing in front of his Beverly Hills home.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but it is likely to be “medically related.” Despite famously losing 135 pounds in 2003, sources are reporting that he weighed 344 pounds when he died.

The artist rose to fame in the 1980's and 90's as the frontman for the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, responsible for the monster hit Now That We Found Love.

Although he wrote and performed music throughout his entire career, he was bitten by the acting bug in the beginning of the new millennium. He had recurring roles on television including The Tracy Morgan Show and Boston Public, but most recently had a part in Brett Ratner's newest film, Tower Heist.

We'd like to thank Heavy D for the wonderful music over the years and send our condolences to his family. He'll definitely be missed and we hope he can rest in peace!

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Russell Simmons Remembers Heavy D

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The Godfather of Hip-Hop has lost a dear friend.

This morning, Russell Simmons appeared on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live and talked briefly about the loss of one of his own, rapper Heavy D.

Calling Heavy a "special artist," Russell thought back to when he first listened to Mr. Big Stuff and how he knew then that Heavy was going to be a "author of a whole new kind of music."

Check out the video (above) to hear more Russell about the loss of his dear friend.

The whole community is feeling this one. He truly was inspiring.

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Heavy D's Inspiring Final Tweets

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He left the world too suddenly, but he leaves behind a legacy of music and inspiration that will live on.

Before Heavy D passed away, he tweeted some words of wisdom that we hope will bring some inspiration to those who loved and knew him best.

Earlier yesterday morning, mere hours before he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, Heavy D took to his Twitter to suggest his followers "BE INSPIRED!" and follow that motto every day. The day before that, he offered another sentiment, posting:

"Never stop believing.. Magic is just science we don't understand.. Every original idea was considered insanity at first.."

Clearly, he had a real love of life and making each day count. We just with he had gotten more time to do so.

To you, Heavy D! You'll keep on inspiring people, even when you're gone!

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