In Memoriam: Heavy D And Joe Frazier (VIDEO) | Roland Martin Reports

In Memoriam: Heavy D And Joe Frazier (VIDEO)

The legendary fighter known as “Smokin’ Joe Frazier” was taken by liver cancer on Monday of this week. He was the 1964 Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world and one of the few fighters to ever defeat Muhammad Ali. Joe Frazier was one tough fighter, and he will certainly be missed, and our thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family.

We also lost one of hip-hop’s most beloved stars. Dwight Arrington Myers, known as “Heavy D,” rose to stardom in the late ’80s and continued to be a force in hip-hop through the ’90s. He called himself “the overweight lover,” and we loved to watch him dance. He recently performed on the BET Hip Hop Awards, his first performance in 15 years. He also spent lots of time on the stage, honing his craft — one of the first actors to actually hit the stage. Heavy’s last tweet said — was simply, “Be inspired.” It was sent just hours before he collapsed outside of his home in Beverly Hills. Heavy D dead at just 44, and he will be missed.