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The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Louisville dancer backs up Heavy D in his last performance

by Sherlene Shanklin

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 9:54 AM

Welcome to this week's the 411. Fans of Hip Hop and Rap remember a legend in the music industry.  Heavy D died earlier this week at the age of 44 when he collapsed outside his Beverly Hills condo.  The coroner's office says the star had medication in his home for flu-like symptoms.  Heavy D was the president of uptown records and recently decided to start performing again.  Just last month he returned to the stage after a 15 year hiatus for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.  Louisville native and current Clark Atlanta University student, Keith Martin, was on the stage that night as a backup dancer for the artist.  He's the person on the right of the screen.  I reached out to Martin and he says: "I had the honor and privilege to bless the stage with Heavy D in his LAST performance at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards.

What a blessing that was! Rest in Peace Heavy D. You will be missed. God called home a truly amazing guy. The time I got to encounter with him was an experience. Thank you Lord for that opportunity." 

You will hear a lot more about Martin and his plans to make it in the industry in the near future.  One of the last things Heavy D wrote on his twitter page was…. Be Inspired.

Next week I will have part two of my interview with choreographer to the stars -- LaVelle Smith Jr.  So stay tuned for that- If you have a story idea send it to The411 at WHAS11.com. Also, you can catch me weekday on WLOU doing their news breaks.  I'm Sherlene Shanklin for WHAS11 News.    

 

 

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