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Rapper/actor 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 today in New York.

Last week, the 44-year-old rapper collapsed outside his Beverly Hills, Calif., condominium.

He was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Nov. 8.

“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, The Associated Press reported.

Read more at ABC News.

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