Roland Martin has confirmed that legendary rapper and DJ Biz Markie has passed away. He was 57.
Breaking news: Biz Markie has died. His wife confirmed this to me by text message. #RolandMartinUnfiltered
– rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 17, 2021
Biz had hits in the late 80s, early 90s with “Make the Music with Your Mouth Biz”, “Just a Friend” and “Vapors”. The human beatboxer even had a dance named after him called “The Biz Mark”.
A few weeks ago, according to Pitchfork, the falsely reported news made the rounds that the popular rapper had died, and his manager set the record right.
“The news of Biz Markie’s death is not true,” Jenni Izumi wrote in a written statement. “Biz is still under medical treatment surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible. Biz’s wife and family are touched by the love and admiration of his friends, colleagues and fans alike. At this point, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. “
Markie was reportedly hospitalized for a type II diabetes-related illness in 2020 and reportedly suffered a stroke.
Celebrities used Twitter to offer their condolences.
Damn it. Damn it. 😢😢😢😢
He was a love! 💔💔💔
Rest in peace, Biz Markie. pic.twitter.com/rMfCu7fTqM
– Holly Robinson Peete ⭐️💖 (@hollyrpeete) July 17, 2021
Rest in peace. This man made me laugh, cry, and feel such joy. We will miss you !! The incomparable #bizmarkie Not just a friend, an inspiring soul. pic.twitter.com/UnsAwTqBQ7
– Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) July 17, 2021
That hurts a lot … RIP to my Aries brother … ahhh man @BizMarkie damn, I’ll miss you so much, so many memories .. hurts a lot. My friend
– QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) July 17, 2021
We lost another rap legend, Mr. Biz Markie, an American rapper, singer, DJ, record producer, actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his single “Just a Friend”, released in 1989! For many of us, he was more than just a friend. RIP prayers go out to family and friends. Bootsy🤩 pic.twitter.com/URnUMKIQdB
– Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) July 17, 2021
Rest in Peace Biz Markie pic.twitter.com/0LBIuf9Hja
– Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 16, 2021
Now it has been confirmed. Rest in peace to a rapping icon.