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Marcel Theo Hall aka Biz Markie ‘Just A Friend’ Rapper Dead At Age 57

Rappers play a very important role when it comes to the American music industry. Marcel Theo Hall (professionally known as Biz Markie) was an American rapper, singer, lyricist, DJ, and record producer. He was born on 8th April 1964 in Harlem, New York, United States. Growing up, his friends used to call him Markie, and he was a huge fan of Busy Bee Starski. Thus his stage name Bizzy B Markie was chosen by him. It was later on shortened to Biz Markie.

Cause of Biz Markie's death

Biz Markie

He was called one-hit wonders in the hip-hop world. In the industry, he was recognised as the ‘Clown Prince of Hip-Hop.’ Biz Markie has created a legacy that will always remain in the hearts of his fans, followers, colleagues, and his loved ones.

In the last year, he was fallen sick, and the saddest part is we have lost him this year. It is believed he is still alive in our hearts as he had touched our hearts through music for thirty-five long years.

Biz Markie’s Career: Professional Life

He was a professional rapper and singer. He was popular for his single “Just a Friend” in 1989, which was in the Top 40 hit list in several countries. Not only that, but this single also ranked number 9 on the Billboard Charts. Biz was recognised as Clown Prince of Hip-Hop because of his alternates between rap and singing.

Cause of Biz Markie's death

Biz Markie’s single Just a Friend

He began his career by performing in various nightclubs in Manhattan. Also, he had performed at several colleges in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Some of his singles like It Takes Two; I Need a Haircut, Schizo Jam, Beautiful Day, Fat Comeback also became quite hit. In 2005, he appeared in Show Celebrity Fit Club, which challenged the celebrity contestants to lose weight by dieting and exercising. Biz Markie was the one to lose the most weight among all. In the same year, he was also in an episode of The Andy Milonakis Show. 

Also read: Biz Markie Net Worth: How Rich Is The 57-Year-Old Rapper?

Biz also appeared as a guest in the SpongeBob Square Paints episode Kenny the Cat. 

In 2016, his song Just a Friend was featured in the Netflix Series Love as an ending theme of its fourth episode. He was also a DJ on the VH1 game show Hip Hop Squares between the years 2017 and 2019.

Also, Biz had performed rapping with Ke$ha on the Flaming Lips Song in the year 2012.

In 2020, he hosted a radio show on Sirius XM on LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio. 

Biz was quite successful in his life and had worked with many popular, well-known artists. He was popular for his alternatives between mixed rap and singing.

Also read: Elizabeth Taylor: Life and Death of Hollywood’s Classic Actress

Biz Markie’s Illness: Cause of his Death:

In April 2020, Biz was hospitalised due to severe complications from Type 2 diabetes. He had suffered a stroke after going into a diabetic coma.

Cause of Biz Markie's Death

The popular American rapper Biz Markie will always be in our hearts.

On 1st July 2021, there were rumours about his death circulated on Twitter. Since then, there were speculations about his health deteriorating more. But that time, he was under medical care surrounded by professionals providing him with the best healthcare and medical facilities possible. But after fifteen days, that is, on 16th July 2021, Biz died at a Baltimore Hospital at age 57 after suffering for more than a year. From various sources, it is heard that Biz Markie had died with his wife holding his hand. Such a saddening moment and news that made his fans upset.

His manager and his family are grateful for the countless calls and prayers of support that they have received during the most difficult time.

Biz Markie may have only one hit song, Just a Friend. But he told the Washington Post before his death that the single song kept him going for decades. However, he is not with us but is always there in our hearts.

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