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Biz Markie Dead At 57

Biz Markie, a legendary rapper known for his 1989 hit song, “Just a Friend,” has died at the age 57.


Reporting death of Biz Markie

According to TMZ, Biz Markie died at a Baltimore hospital at 6:25 p.m. on July 16th. A close source made his death official. His wife, Tara Hall was right beside him when he passed – she was reported holding his hand during his last few minutes. Nursing staff were also there with him as well as his family.



The cause of death was due to complications from diabetes.

Jenni Izumi, Biz’s manager, confirmed his death with the following statement, “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,” she said. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time. Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years. He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter. We respectfully request privacy for his family as they mourn their loved one.”

Back on June 30th, rumors came to surface about Biz Markie dying when multiple media outlets falsely reported his passing. Around that time, Izumi denounced allegations surrounding his death.

“Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible,” she said in a statement. “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.”

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