Rapper Biz Markie’s Cause of Death Confirmed; Died in Hospital
“Just a Friend” rapper died! Unfortunately, rapper Biz Markie passed away in a Baltimore hospital on Friday, July 16, 2021. Biz Markie’s cause of death is confirmed as a series of diabetic complications.
According to family sources, his wife, Tara Hall, hold his hand when he died. Marcel Theo Hall, better known as Biz Markie, had fought this illness for over a year.
He was hospitalized last summer related to his type 2 diabetes. At the time, the person in charge said, “He has received the best care from a great team of medical professionals and we continue to be positive about the results.”
His condition remained mysterious until April. Big Daddy Kane revealed that Biz is doing better. Rumors flooded that Biz was in a coma during his hospital stay, but it was confirmed that it wasn’t.
Until word of his recent hospitalization in late July 2020, you could find Markie on social media actively posting toys from his collection or playing 45s while dressed in a onesie, pictures of him and fellow legends, and his behemoth grin and comedic energy sound which was in that aforementioned 1986 Dutch documentary.
Rapper Biz Markie’s Cause of Death Relates to Illness
Fans and supporters wonder how did Biz Markie die. Fighting a series of complications from diabetes was Biz Markie’s cause of death at 57.
His manager, Jenni D. Izumi, confirmed his death news and said: “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.”
The rapper made its name for the first time at home and abroad when the single “Just A Friend” became a top 40 hit in multiple countries in 1989 and also won platinum. After that, the rapper’s career began. He produced acting, comedy, DJ’d, music and released five total studio albums.
Biz was an early standout in the Juice Crew, a dazzling collective led by producer Marley Marl, a visionary who gathered a team so adept and rich in character it would only be matched in the modern age by the otherworldliness of Wu-Tang Clan.
It was founded by radio DJ Mr. Magic and finally placed on Tyrone Williams’ record label, Cold Chillin’ Records. Their first release was “Roxanne’s Revenge” in 1984 which was produced by Marley and featured a 15-year-old Roxanne Shante. The charismatic release became a hit and was largely effective for Juice Crew’s first steps.
Biz’s first official solo album, Goin’ Off, arrived in 1988, which was a debut produced by Marley Marl, that remains among his best. Other notable works are:
- “Nobody Beats the Biz,”
- “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz,”
- and “Vapors,” a hilarious four-verse tale of success and envy that proved to be a hit.
Markie’s final studio album, Weekend Warrior, was released in 2003 and saw him working with producers 45 King and J-Zone, but he made the lion’s share of beats.
Biz Markie taught the method of beatboxing once in an episode of the children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
Reactions to Rapper Biz Markie’s Death
Following the tragic news, several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites.
One of his fans wrote on Twitter: “I remember the nostalgia when I saw the MIB 2 post office scene with #BIZMARKIE ….#RIP ( if anyone can find it I’d greatly appreciate it) …we lost another legend today.”
Another tweeted: “I had the fortune of meeting #BIZMARKIE at the #HorseshoeCasino in #Baltimore before the pandemic. He was nice enough to take a pic w/ me. May he RIP.”
An online user wrote: “@BizMarkie Rest In Peace, good sir. Thank you for all you did. Your talent alone shall make sure you won’t be forgotten.”
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