Jay-Z, Will Smith, Usher and a lot of other celebrities were present at Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, New York which was the venue for late rapper, Heavy D’s funeral.
Heavy D’s close friend, Diddy, had this to say at the service:
“He became my friend. He became my brother, and I’m not talking about friend-brother like we cavalierly use the word, I’m talking about a real friend, a real brother,” Diddy said. “Somebody I shared my dreams and my secrets with, somebody that’s been there for me at my lowest point, my darkest hour when nobody wanted to be beside me.”
President Obama also sent a letter to the rapper’s daughter, Xea, which read:
“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.”
Xea also spoke about her father, and in a brave speech in front of the church she said that she knew her dad “was still here, not in the flesh, but in the spirit.” Johnny Gill, Salt (of Salt-N-Pepa) and Usher also shared some words as well.
May he rest in peace.