It is with profound sadness that we announce, this evening, with his wife Tara by his side, hip hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully passed away,” his rep Jenni Izumi said in a statement. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time.
Marcel Theo Hall better known by his stage name Biz Markie, rapper, singer, DJ, record producer, actor, comedian has died. He was best known for his 1989 single off what would become his most successful album The Biz Never Sleeps, thanks to its breakout track “Just a Friend”.
“Just a Friend”, would go on to become a Top 40 hit. The song was listed on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.
Sad News, Biz Markie has died
Over the past year it was reported that Markie’s health was deteriorating and that he was staying in a rehabilitation facility as a result of a stroke he had suffered after going into a diabetic coma. Biz would later require hospitalization, with multiple outlets reporting he was suffering from severe complications from a history of Type 2 diabetes.
A few weeks ago, death rumors were swirling around the Internet and Twitter after REVOLT, the Hip hop website owned by Sean “P Diddy” Combs, erroneously reported the rapper had died. The story was later retracted after it was determined at that time he was still alive and receiving around the clock medical care.
Markie was born in Manhattan, in the neighborhood of Harlem. He was raised on Long Island and graduated from Brentwood High School. Markie began his career in New York City nightclubs.
Unfortunately Biz Markie did succumb today he was just 57 years old. R.I.P