Biz Markie ‘dead’ latest – Rapper ‘still alive and under medical care’ as rumors spread he passed away after stroke

RAPPER Biz Markie is still alive and receiving round-the-clock medical care, his rep said last night after false online rumors he had died.

It comes after reports the 57-year-old Just A Friend hitmaker was is "in a hospice with significant brain damage" following a stroke.

Fans of the rapper described his situation as "brutal" as the false death rumors were spread online.

His rep told Rolling Stone: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true.

“Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”

Reporter Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson also tweeted to quash rumors Biz had died – but added he has "significant brain damage."

Read our Biz Markie live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT BIZ MARKIE?

    Biz – who is known as the "Clown Prince of Hip Hop" – began his career working as a human beatbox for acts MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté. 

    When his singing career began to decline in the 90s, Biz pursued a career as a DJ.

    In July 2020, he was also hospitalized for several weeks with complications from Type 2 Diabetes, TMZ reported at the time.

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    VOICEOVER ROLES

    Throughout his career, Biz Markie has starred in a number of voiceover roles.

    He even featured in an episode of the kids cartoon show SpongeBob SquarePants.

    He voiced rapper Rhymez and his DJ Tiny Timmy Scratch it in the Disney XD show Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja episode: “Hip Hopocalypse Now”.

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    ‘AMERICA IS DYING SLOWLY’

    Biz Markie appeared on the 1996 album America is Dying Slowly.

    The CD was designed to raise awareness of AIDS among African-American men.

    Coolio, renowned for the 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise, and rapper Fat Joe also appeared on the album.  

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    WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT BIZ MARKIE?

    Biz was born in Harlem in 1964 and raised in Long Island.

    After graduating high school in 1982, he started his music career in the nightclubs of New York before performing at colleges in DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

    He released his debut album ‘Goin Off’ in 1988.

    Markie’s best-known song is “Just a Friend’ which was released in 1989 and reached number nine in the Billboard charts.

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    WHAT HAS TARA SAID ABOUT BIZ'S CONDITION?

    Although Tara hasn't publicly spoken about Biz's current condition, and the death rumors, his rep told Rolling Stone: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true.

    “Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”

    Reporter Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson also tweeted to quash rumors Biz had died – but added he has "significant brain damage."

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    WHO IS BIZ MARKIE'S WIFE TARA?

    Tara Davis married Biz in 2005 in a private ceremony.

    The couple are notoriously private so not much is known about them.

    It is unclear what she does for a career, but unlike her husband, she has shunned the spotlight.

    Biz occasionally posts pics of his wife on his Instagram @officialbizmarkie.

    Biz and his wife TaraCredit: Getty

     

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    MARKIE LOST 140LBS AS HE MANAGED DIABETES

    Biz Markie has undergone a number of serious health scares – much of which are deemed to be as a direct consequence of his Type 2 diabetes.

    The rapper previously lost 140 pounds worth of weight in an effort to manage his diabetes as he pushed to change his prospectus, NME reports.

    In a 2014 interview with ABC, Markie said: "If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse.

    “[Doctors] said I could lose my feet. They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”

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    HOW IS BIZ MARKIE DOING?

    Markie's representatives have confirmed that Biz is still “under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible”.

    They added that: “'Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers and fans alike.'

    They added that: “At this time, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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    TWITTER USERS SHOW SUPPORT FOR BIZ

    A number of fans took to Twitter to show support for the rapper.

    One person wrote: "Biz markie still fighting, prayers up."

    Another added: "I was hoping the Biz Markie news was fake, logging out for the weekend! SMH."

    A third commented: "A lot of conflicting reports on Biz Markie’s condition right now but at best it seems he’s in hospice care. 2021 has been a rapture for hip-hop legends."

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    BIZ MARKIE’S FAMILY ISSUE STATEMENT

    The family of Biz Markie said: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true. 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."

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    'MOVIE STAR'

    Biz Markie starred in the 2002 movie Men In Black II, featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

    He played an alien parody of himself whose language sounded like beatboxing.

    He also appeared in an episode of the American crime drama Fastlane where he played a nightclub DJ.  

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    'THE CLOWN PRINCE OF HIP HOP'

    Biz Markie is known as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop”

    He is best known for his 1989 single 'Just A Friend' which became a top 40 hit in many countries.

    In 2008, the track made No.100 on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time.

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    'STOP RESPONDING TO NON-CREDIBLE SOURCES'

    Fans have been warned not to spread misinformation as pleas were issued to respect Biz's family.

    Journalist Roland S. Martin tweeted: "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."

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    WHY IS 'IS BIZ MARKIE DEAD' TRENDING?

    Biz Markie’s health has reportedly deteriorated since 2020, prompting speculation about his wellbeing.

    On June 30, 2021, rumors began to spread that the 57-year-old had passed away as “Biz Markie dead,” trended on Twitter.

    However, much to the relief of his fans, Reporter Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson confirmed that Biz was alive and receiving palliative care in a hospice.

    But, he added that he is ”still suffering from severe brain damage”.

    Fans had previously fans had warnings not to spread misinformation, with pleas to respect Biz's family.

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    WHAT HAPPENED TO BIZ MARKIE?

    Biz Markie has undergone a number of serious health scares – much of which are deemed to be as a direct consequence of his Type 2 diabetes.

    In July, 2020, he spent several weeks in hospital receiving treatment for an illness triggered by complications from the illness.

    In December 2020, it was first reported that Biz suffered from a stroke while he was hospitalized, which is believed to have contributed to his current state.  

    One source close to the rapper told the HipHopDX: “Short story is Biz is diabetic, he had slipped into a diabetic coma, but that has happened to him in the past and it would only last a little while.”

    “He would go to the hospital, get discharged and get his meds under control. This particular time, he had a stroke while he was in the middle of the coma,” they further added. 

    Credit: INSTAGRAM / BIZ MARKIE

     

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    PRAY FOR BIZ

    Rapper Biz Markie is still alive and receiving round-the-clock medical care, his rep said last night after false online rumours he had died.

    It comes after reports the 57-year-old Just A Friend hitmaker was is "in a hospice with significant brain damage" following a stroke.

    Fans of the rapper described his situation as "brutal" as the false death rumours were spread online.

    His rep told Rolling Stone: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true.

    “Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”

    Read more HERE.

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    WHO IS BIZ MARKIE'S WIFE TARA?

    Biz Markie married to his wife named Tara, believed to be aged in her late 30s.

    Tara is tagged in several of Biz’s pictures as @taradise_25, where she posts pictures of herself, friends, and her daughter Averi.

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    WHAT IS BIZ MARKIE'S REAL NAME?

    Biz Markie’s real name is Marcel Theo Hall.

    He adopted his alias name after he stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne Shanté of the “Juice Crew.”

    His mother used to call him "Biz" because he was such a busybody.

    "Markie" is short for Marcel which was his neighborhood nickname.

     

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    WHAT’S BIZ MARKIE'S NET WORTH?

    As of 2021, Markie has an estimated net worth of $3 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    The majority of his worth is believed to have been generated from song royalties, which was increased by his continued presence into the industry after the turn of the millennium.

    Across his career, the 57-year-old has featured on several songs with different artists, including the Rolling Stones, Len, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Beastie Boys.

    He opened for Chris Rock's tour in 2008 and took part in the 2013 "Yo Gabba Gabba" tour.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO IS BIZ MARKIE?

    Biz Markie is an American rapper, singer and hip hop legend.

    Markie was born in Harlem and started getting noticed while performing at colleges in Washington, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    He released his debut album Goin' Off in 1988, featuring the hit single Make Music With Your Mouth, Biz and underground classics Vapors, Pickin Boogers and Nobody Beats the Biz.

    His second album, 1989's The Biz Never Sleeps, features his iconic hit Just A Friend, which peaked at 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. 

    The track was later recognized as one of the Top 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders and as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop by VH1.

    Markie spent much of the next few years carving out a role as an actor, with appearances on In Living Color, Men in Black II, Celebrity Fit Club, and Wild 'n Out.

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