By: Tadi Abedje
Yesterday, rumors swirled all over social media that the iconic New York rapper Biz Markie passed away. However, those reports are not true, according to his manager.
“Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers and fans alike. At this time, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement.
Roland Martin, host of Roland Martin Unfiltered, called out the rumors of Markie’s death.
“Folks, @BizMarkie has NOT died. I have been in contact with sources who are texting and talking to his wife. My source talked to Biz TODAY. Per his wife, Biz HAS NOT passed away,” Martin said in a tweet he later deleted. “Please stop responding to non-credible sources. This hurts the family, friends and fans.”
Markie has been dealing with health problems recently. In April 2020, he was hospitalized because of type 2 diabetes. In December of that year, he was in a rehabilitation facility due to a stroke he suffered after being in a diabetic coma. He had been battling the disease since 2011 after weighing as much as 385 pounds.
As a result, Markie decided to make a change, as he lost 140 pounds by cutting down on sugar and exercising more.
Born as Marcel Theo Hall in New York, Markie started off his career performing at some nightclubs in New York City. He was gaining traction by performing at colleges in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Nicknamed the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” Markie was best recognized for his single “Just a Friend” which was released in 1989. It was named one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.