Biz Markie, Rap Legend, Beatboxing Pioneer Known for ‘Just a Friend’ and ‘Vapors Dies at 57.
Hip-Hop Legend Biz Markie Passes Away At 57
The hip-hop community has lost another legend.
According to TMZ, Biz Markie died on Friday (July 16), at 6:25 p.m. today. Following years of health struggles reportedly related to diabetes. His brother, Diamond Shell, confirmed the tragic news via Facebook, writing: “To the baddest in the beats icon legend … my brother BIZ MARKIE… I’LL miss you more than words ….”
The 57-year-old hip-hop artist died at a Baltimore hospital, and held his wife’s hand as he took his last breath, according to his manager.
“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,” Jenni Izumi said in a statement to The Post.
“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.”
“To the baddest in the beats icon legend … my brother BIZ MARKIE… I’LL miss you more than words ….,” his brother, rapper Diamond Shell posted on Facebook.
Join us in sending prayers to Biz’s family, friends, & fans at this time.
Rest In Peace, Biz Markie!