LOS ANGELES — Rapper Heavy D was pronounced dead Tuesday at the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home, authorities said.

Authorities were called to the 400 block of North Maple Drive about 11:25 a.m. after a report that a man in his 40s was unconscious in a walkway near a building, said Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen.

When they arrived, they found the man conscious and breathing and took him to the hospital.

Rosen did not identify Heavy D as the victim. But another law enforcement source confirmed it was the 44-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers.

Heavy D, leader of ’90s hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, had hits including “We Got Our Own Thang” and “Now That We Found Love.”

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said they would be handling the investigation into the cause and manner of the death.