Biz Markie, the rapper best known for the hit song “Just a Friend,” died on Friday, July 16. He was 57 years old.
“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support we have received during this difficult time,” said a representative for the rapper. TMZ on Friday. “Biz created a legacy of art that will always be celebrated by his industry peers and beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning more than 35 years. He leaves behind a wife, many family members, and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes, and frequent jokes. “
The outlet reported that the musician’s death followed complications from diabetes, which he suffered from for more than a year. He died in a Baltimore hospital with his wife, Tara hall, by his side.
Markie’s representative denied rumors of her death earlier this month. “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true. Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who work hard to provide the best possible medical care. ” Jenni Izumi it said in a statement on July 1. “At this time, we ask that you continue your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Markie (born Marcel Theo Hall) was previously hospitalized in 2020 due to his type 2 diabetes. “He is receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals and we remain positive about the outcome,” his representative said at the time.
The singer made headlines in November 2014 after losing 140 pounds three years after being diagnosed with diabetes. “I wanted to live,” he explained to ABC News after his transformation. “Since I have to be diabetic, if I didn’t make the changes, the diabetes would get worse. I’m trying to get off [the diabetes medication]. The way you have to do it is lose weight. I stop half of my medications, I just have to stop the rest. “
Markie noticed at the time that she was eating organic food to maintain her new physique, adding that she planned to lose more weight the following year. “When I used to be on stage, I used to be out of breath. I couldn’t walk that far, ”he said. “Now, I have so much energy.”
The DJ released his debut album, Leave, in 1988. “Just a Friend” dropped in 1989 and became a Top 40 hit.