Who is Biz Markie? How did he die?

19 July 2021, 10:50

Who is Biz Markie?
Who is Biz Markie? Picture: Getty

Tributes have spread for music mogul Biz Markie, who was rumoured to have passed away.

Social media has been full of tributes for the music mogul Biz Markie.

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But who was the legend?

  1. Who is Biz Markie?

    The 57 year old is a is an American rapper, singer, DJ, producer, actor, comedian, and writer; best known for his song 'just a friend'.

    The New York rapper is also well know for his appearances in the film Men in Black II, on Nick Cannon's show 'Wild 'n Out' and in hit show 'Black-ish'.

    Biz Markie is best known for his song 'Just A Friend'
    Biz Markie is best known for his song 'Just A Friend'. Picture: Getty
  2. Did Biz Markie pass away?

    Biz Markie sadly passed away on July 16th 2021.

    A statement was released by the stars representative Jenni Izumi which said: “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,”.

    He continued: “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.".

    Concluding: "He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter.”.

    Biz Markie passed away on July 16th 2021.
    Biz Markie passed away on July 16th 2021. Picture: Getty

    On July 1 rumours that the star had passed begun - with tributes trending on Twitter, alongside the hashtag '#RipBizMarkie'.

    Both fans and stars paying respect to the rapper whilst sending love to his family.

    However, Biz's manager and family shut down the rumours of his death saying: "The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true. Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.".

    the statement continued: "Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers and fans alike.".

    Ultimately, it was confirmed that the rapper was alive at that time however was in a hospice due to ‘significant brain damage’. 

  3. What was Biz Markie's cause of death?

    Whilst Biz Markie's official cause of death is yet to be confirmed, rumours began surrounding Markie's death as the star has been seriously unwell.

    In April 2020 the rapper was hospitalised due to complications from Type 2 diabetes, however since July 2020 there has been no public comment on his condition from his family.

    In 2020 Biz Markie suffered a stroke after going into a diabetic coma.
    In 2020 Biz Markie suffered a stroke after going into a diabetic coma. Picture: Getty

    In December 2020, it was then reported that Markie was staying in a rehabilitation facility as a result of a stroke he had suffered after going into a diabetic coma.

    This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

The family has asked for fans "continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.".

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