Embed from Getty Images

It’s with a heavy heart that I report pioneering rapper, producer, and beatboxer Biz Markie has passed away.

Biz, real name Marcel Theo Hall, died on Friday, July 16. He was 57.

His rep, Jenni Izumi, said in a statement:

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.

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.

Biz Markie suffered from multiple complications as a result of his long battle with Type 2 diabetes.

In April 2020, he was hospitalized after he reported suffered a stroke after going into a diabetic coma.

While undergoing rehabilitation his health continued to decline prompting premature reports of his passing.

LL Cool J took to social media to share heartfelt words about his dear friend.

Biz, who was a Harlem native, released his debut album, Goin’ Off, in 1988.

His timeless hit record, “Just A Friend,” featured on his second studio album, The Biz Never Sleeps, solidified his as a Hip Hop star.

I extend my sincerest condolences and prayers to the Hall family and all who loved and cherished Biz.

May he rest in paradise.

Source: Rolling Stone