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Biz Markie, the rapper best known for his 1989 hit “Just a Friend”, died on Friday night after battling complications of diabetes.
The 57-year-old artist died in a Baltimore hospital and, according to his manager, was holding his wife’s hand as he took her last breath.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce tonight that hip-hop pioneer Biz Markie has died peacefully with his wife Tara alongside him,” Jenni Izumi said in a statement to the Post.
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“We are grateful for the many supportive calls and prayers we have received in this difficult time. Biz has created an artistic legacy that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and beloved fans whose lives he has touched through music for over 35 years. ”
“The baddest of the legend of the beat icon … my brother BIZ MARKIE … I will miss you more than words …” his brother, rapper Diamond Shell posted on Facebook.
Born in Harlem, Marcel Theo Hall grew up on Long Island and was affectionately nicknamed “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop” because of his personality and his lighthearted and irreverent musical style.
Biz Markie was hospitalized last year for complications from type II diabetes.
The artist has recorded five full albums and the popularity of his platinum hit continues to resonate with international audiences for generations.
Biz was also known for his work in film and television, including Men in Black II and Nick Jr.’s children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba, where he performed on Biz’s Beat of the Day.
“He leaves a wife, many of his family and close friends who will miss his lively personality, constant jokes and frequent jokes,” Izumi said.