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Rap legend Biz Markie's spokesperson gives health update after rumors of his death


Biz Markie's spokesperson is setting the record straight after rumors circulated online that the New York City rap icon had died.

DETAILS: Biz Markie is alive, despite reports of his death


According to a report from NBC News early Thursday morning (July 1), Jenni Izumi, manager of Biz, born Marcel Hall, has denounced claims that the legendary rapper has died. Izumi told the news outlet, "Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible."

No further details were available on Markie's condition or what prompted him to seek medical care.


"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," Izumi added.


Last night, incorrect reports began circulating online claiming that Biz had passed away.


Shortly after, journalist Roland Martin tweeted that the news was in accurate. He wrote, "Folks, @BizMarkie has NOT died. I have been in contact with sources who are texting and talking to his wife. My source talked to Biz TODAY. Per his wife, Biz HAS NOT passed away. Please stop responding to non-credible sources. This hurts the family, friends and fans."

The Hip-hop legend has privately been dealing with health issues for most of 2020. Biz Markie suffers from Type II Diabetes. Last July, media publications reported that Markie was hospitalized for weeks after suffering a stroke and was reportedly had a grim diagnosis.


Biz Markie suffers from Type II Diabetes.

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