Rapper #BizMarkie has passed away at 57! [Details]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 29: Music artist Biz Markie performs at EW & CNN The Eighties Trivia Event at The Django at the Roxy Hotel on March 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Entertainment W)

Sad news to report…

Another hip hop legend has passed away too soon…

Biz Markie, the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” best known for his 1989 global smash “Just a Friend,” has died, according to his representative, Jenni Izumi. His cause of death has not yet been disclosed, but Izumi said the rapper, singer, DJ, producer, actor, comedian, and writer “peacefully passed away” Friday evening with his wife, Tara Hall, by his side. Markie had been hospitalized in April last year due to complications from Type 2 diabetes, and as of last December he was reportedly living in a Maryland rehabilitation facility after suffering a diabetic coma and stroke. He was 57 years old.

“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement. “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.”

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