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Rapper Biz Markie, dies at 57!

Marcel Theo Hall, professionally known as Biz Markie, the American rapper cum singer has died at 57.

The singer has been a successful producer, comedian, writer, and DJ as well. Yet, he is best known for his quirky, 1989 single “Just a Friend.”

In a statement, Biz’s rapper said, “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. We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time.’

He continued and stated, “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.”

Markie launched his own five solo featured album in his career and his most recent one was, ‘Weekend Warrior,’ in 2003.

On Biz’s second studio album, ‘Just a Friend’ was featured and this album of his gained the 9 position on the U.S. charts and became the platinum for selling over 2 million copies.

He also gained huge fame in TV and films, and worked for  ‘Men in Black II,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘Black-ish.’

The representative of the rapper stated, “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.”

In 2011, the rapper got infected with Type 2 ‘Diabetes and has been struggling since then. Yet, in 2014, his health improved and he lost 140 pounds since the diagnosis.

That time, Markie told the media, “I wanted to live. Since I have to be a diabetic, If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make diabetes worse. I’m trying to get off [diabetes medications]. The way you gotta do it is losing the weight. I’m off half my meds, I just got to get off the rest.”

He added to his statement and noted, “They said I could lose my feet. They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”


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