Roland Martin has confirmed that legendary rapper and DJ Biz Markie has passed away. He was 57 years old.
LATEST NEWS: Biz Markie has passed away. His wife confirmed it to me by text message. #RolandMartinUnfiltered
– rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 17, 2021
Biz had hits in the late 80’s, early 90’s with “Make the Music with Your Mouth Biz”, “Just a Friend” and “Vapors”. The human beat-boxer even had a dance named after himself called “The Biz Mark”.
A few weeks ago, according to Pitchfork, the news, which was falsely reported, began circulated that the popular rapper had passed away, his manager set the record straight.
“The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true,” Jenni Izumi wrote in a written statement. “Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who work hard to provide the best possible health care. Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from friends, peers and fans. At this time, we ask you to keep thinking and praying during this difficult time. “
Markie was reportedly hospitalized in 2020 with a disease related to type II diabetes and would have suffered a stroke.
The celebrities took to Twitter to send their condolences.
Thin. Thin. 😢😢😢😢
It was love! 💔💔💔
Rest in peace, Biz Markie. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/rMfCu7fTqM
– Holly Robinson Peete ️💖 (@hollyrpeete) July 17, 2021
– Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) July 17, 2021
This one hurts… RIP my Aries brother… ahhh man @BizMarkie damn you gonna miss so many memories … it hurts. My friend
– QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) July 17, 2021
We have lost another rap legend, Mr. Biz Markie, an American rapper, singer, DJ, record producer, actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend”! For many of us, he was more than just a friend. RIP Prayers to family and friends. Bootsy🤩 pic.twitter.com/URnUMKIQdB
– Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) July 17, 2021
Rest In Peace Biz Markie pic.twitter.com/0LBIuf9Hja
– Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 16, 2021
Now it is confirmed. Rest in peace in front of a rap icon.