I am saddened to announce the passing of Biz Markie. A statement was released from his rep today, “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,” the statement reads from Markie’s rep. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time. 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. 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.”
He rose to fame with his hits “Just A Friend,” “Vapors,” “Nobody Beats The Biz” and countless others. The cause of his death is still unclear. Biz was hospitalized in April 2020 because of diabetes complications. He reportedly suffered a stroke while in a diabetic coma last year as well.
RIP to the Legendary Biz Markie and check out some more of his hits below.