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'Just A Friend' Rapper Biz Markie Dies At Age 57

'Just A Friend' Rapper Biz Markie Dies At Age 57

Biz Markie has sadly died, Variety reports.

The rapper and singer’s passing, on Friday, July 16 in Baltimore, was confirmed by his rep, Jenni Izumi.

“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,” she shared in a 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. We respectfully request privacy for his family as they mourn their loved one.”

According to another report from TMZ, Biz had been suffering from complications due to diabetes.

Biz is best known for his hip-hop single “Just a Friend”, which came out in 1989, and was featured on his second album, The Biz Never Sleeps.

We’ve lost so many stars in 2021 already…

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