The cause of death is still unknown to the public, but he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011, and hospitalized for complications last year.
This past Friday, rapper Biz Markie passed away at the age of 57. His representative Jenni Izumi issued a statement that said the hip hop icon died peacefully, with his wife, Tara, by his side.
Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall, was best known for his 1989 hit song “Just a Friend.” He also made an appearance in Men in Black II, and the children’s series Yo Gabba Gabba! Crowned the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” the New York rapper was known for his comedic demeanor, which was often showcased in his music.
The news of his death touched the hearts of many. Celebrities and fans flocked to social media to pay tribute to the late rapper and honor his influence on the hip hop genre.
Singer and songwriter Missy Elliott posted a heartfelt tribute to Markie on Twitter:
I can remember so many times trying to beat box like you until my lips was sore😩& whenever we saw each other your energy was always so full of Life/Love/& Good Vibes💜 Your impact in the culture Is 4EVER🙌🏾 & you will NEVER be Forgotten🕊💜🙏🏾 Rest king @BizMarkie👑 pic.twitter.com/gCzsdzQtwS
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 17, 2021
Rapper MC Hammer also took to the platform to share a sentimental post about the late hip hop artist.
👑 Biz was an amazing human being.He put smiles on millions of faces and was loved by all.A true hip hop Legend.He will be missed but never forgotten. Authentic !!! Original !!! #ripbizmarkie 🕊 🕊🕊 https://t.co/0rTiD9F351
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) July 17, 2021
Hip Hop group Public Enemy, which was was formed by members Chuck D and Flavor Flav shared a black-and-white gif of the late rapper from his youth.
Timberland shared a short clip of Markie from the 1988 video skit freestyle “Vapors.”
He said in the video:
“Love you, bro and I want to send love to all your fans… to your family, to your wife, management and rest in power bro,” he said in the one-minute clip.”I’m glad we got to do what we got to do towards the end. … Love you man, peace.”
Musician Questlove posted a picture of him and Markie standing side-by-side. In the caption, he wrote a heartwarming tribute that read, “Biz built me man. In my early stages, it was Biz who taught me the REAL places to cop records.”
“He taught me ALOT. Im using ALL the education he taught me,” he continued. “We will miss him. But he will be here forever. Love you Biz.”
The cause of Biz Markie’s death is still unknown to the public. The rapper was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011. He was hospitalized last year due to complications from the disease.
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