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Celebrities like Jay-Z, Will Smith, Usher and many others gathered at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York to celebrate the life of the influential rapper, Heavy D.

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.

You can read an excerpt of the letter and see which other celebs were in attendance here.

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