Heavy D was remembered with laughter and tears today at his funeral service in New York.
The ceremony included humorous anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a letter from President Barack Obama.
'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,' read the Obama note, according to the Reverend Al Sharpton, who quoted from it during the service.
Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon was filled to capacity for the service, which was also streamed live on the Web.
It was so crowded, an overflow area was set up. Among those in attendance were Usher, Queen Latifah, Don King, Q-Tip, John Legend and Rosie Perez.
A large photo of Heavy D sat next to his closed casket.
Heavy D died last week in Los Angeles at the age of 44. His family said the death was due to complications from pneumonia.