Rapper Biz Markie — most famous for his iconic hit “Just a Friend” — has died after a series of complications from diabetes that he’s been fighting for more than a year … TMZ has confirmed.
CNN reports, Biz passed away in a Baltimore hospital at 6:25 PM Friday night. , Tara Hall, held his hand as he took his last breath.A rep for Biz made a public statement, “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,” Izumi said in a written statement.
Biz Markie even had a dance named for him. Born Marcel Hall in New York City, he began rapping in local clubs when he met hip hop producer Marley Marl in 1985. That meeting led to Biz Markie working as a human beatbox with artists MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté.
WorldWide Entertainment TV had the honor to interview the iconic rap star in 2019. Check it out here.