Roland Martin has confirmed that legendary rapper, and DJ, Biz Markie had died. He was 57.
BREAKING NEWS: Biz Markie has died. His wife has confirmed to me in a 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.”
“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 are working hard to provide the best health care possible. Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers, and fans alike. At this time, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Markie was reportedly hospitalized in 2020 for an illness that was related to Type II Diabetes and reportedly suffered a stroke.
Celebrities took to Twitter to send condolences.
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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 baad … RIP to my Aries bro… ahhh man @BizMarkie damn im gonna miss u so so many memories.. hurts bad. My FRIEND
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) July 17, 2021
We lost another Rap legend Mr. Biz Markie, an American rapper, singer, DJ, record producer, actor, comedian, and writer. He’s best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend”! To a lot of us he was more than Just a Friend. R.I.P. Prayers going out to the family & 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 has been confirmed. Rest in peace to a rapping icon.