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By United Press International  |  Dec. 28, 2011 at 3:59 AM
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HEAVY D: The Los Angeles County coroner's office says rapper Heavy D died last month due to a blood clot in his lung, heart disease and deep leg vein thrombosis. said the coroner's report regarding the hip-hop star's Nov. 8 death was released Tuesday.

The rapper, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Meyers, died at age 44 after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills, Calif., condo following a shopping trip.

SLIM DUNKIN: The 28-year-old suspect in the shooting death of Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin has turned himself in to police, authorities said Tuesday.

Slim Dunkin, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was shot in the chest Dec. 16 while shooting a music video in an Atlanta recording studio. He was 23.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Vinson Hardimon, also known as Young Vito, surrendered Monday and was being held at Georgia's Fulton County jail on murder and gun possession charges.

Hardimon has a prior police record that includes traffic violations, aggravated assault, weapons possession and child cruelty, the newspaper said.

TRACEY GOLD: Actress Tracey Gold has joined the cast of the TV movie "Arachnoquake," now shooting in Louisiana, Syfy said Tuesday.

Gold is best known for her work on the 1980s sitcom "Growing Pains." She recently participated in the reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap."

Syfy said "Arachnoquake" is scheduled to premiere on the cable network next year.

The cast will also include Bug Hall, Ethan Phillips and Edward Furlong.

"In 'Arachnoquake,' massive earthquakes unleash giant albino spiders," a synopsis said. "Freed from their ancient subterranean prison, the spiders go on a murderous rampage through New Orleans."

'THOR 2:'"Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor is to direct "Thor 2," the sequel to the blockbuster "Thor," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Patty Jenkins was initially attached to direct the movie, but she dropped out for creative reasons.

The first movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh, but he declined to helm the second installment, which is set for release in November 2013.

Chris Hemsworth will again play the titular hero.

The Hollywood Reporter said Marvel Studios did not comment on its story about Taylor's hiring when contacted.

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