Biz Markie health condition news – Just a Friend rapper NOT dead but is under 'medical care' after rumors he passed away

RAPPER Biz Markie is still alive and receiving round-the-clock medical care, his rep said last night after false online rumors he had died.

It comes after reports the 57-year-old Just A Friend hitmaker was is "in a hospice with significant brain damage" following a stroke.

Fans of the rapper described his situation as "brutal" as the false death rumors were spread online.

His rep told Rolling Stone: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true.

“Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”

Reporter Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson also tweeted to quash rumors Biz had died – but added he has "significant brain damage."

Read our Biz Markie live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    BIZ 'IN HOSPICE WITH BRAIN DAMAGE'

    New York rapper Biz Markie, 57, suffered a stroke and was "in a hospice with significant brain damage," according to reports.

    His rep debunked the rumors of Biz dying to Rolling Stone, saying: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true.

    “Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”

  • Julia Fields

    BIZ MARKIE'S FAMILY'S STATEMENT

  • Chris Bradford

    'BIZ MARKIE WAS RECOVERING FROM A STROKE'

    Rapper Biz Markie was recovering from a stroke, according to reports.

    Big Daddy Kane revealed the news back in April

    Kane said at the time: "He’s getting better. He’s in rehabilitation now. He’s getting better and stronger every day.”

  • Chris Bradford

    MARKIE LOST 140LBS AS HE MANAGED DIABETES

    Biz Markie has undergone a number of serious health scares – much of which are deemed to be as a direct consequence of his Type 2 diabetes.

    The rapper previously lost 140 pounds worth of weight in an effort to manage his diabetes as he pushed to change his prospectus, NME reports.

    In a 2014 interview with ABC, Markie said: “If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse.

    “[Doctors] said I could lose my feet. They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO IS BIZ MARKIE'S WIFE TARA?

    Tara Davis married Biz in 2005 in a private ceremony.

    The couple are notoriously private so not much is known about them.

    Unlike her husband, she has shunned the spotlight as it remains unknown what she does for a career.

    Biz occasionally posts pics of his wife on his Instagram @officialbizmarkie.

  • Chris Bradford

    PRAY FOR BIZ

    Rapper Biz Markie is still alive and receiving round-the-clock medical care, his rep said last night after false online rumours he had died.

    It comes after reports the 57-year-old Just A Friend hitmaker was is “in a hospice with significant brain damage” following a stroke.

    Fans of the rapper described his situation as “brutal” as the false death rumours were spread online.

    His rep told Rolling Stone: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true.

    “Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”

    Read more HERE.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT’S BIZ MARKIE’S NET WORTH?

    As of 2021, Markie has an estimated net worth of $3 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    The majority of his worth is believed to have been generated from song royalties, which was increased by his continued presence into the industry after the turn of the millennium.

    Across his career, the 57-year-old has featured on several songs with different artists, including the Rolling Stones, Len, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Beastie Boys.

    He opened for Chris Rock’s tour in 2008 and took part in the 2013 “Yo Gabba Gabba” tour.

  • Chris Bradford

    'BIZ WAS NOT HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID', SAYS REP

    Rapper Biz Markie was hospitalized for several weeks in July 2020.

    His rep told TMZ at the time the illness was not Covid-19.

    They said: “He is receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals and we remain positive about the outcome.”

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT BIZ MARKIE?

    Biz was born in Harlem in 1964 and raised in Long Island.

    After graduating high school in 1982, he started his music career in the nightclubs of New York before performing at colleges in DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

    He released his debut album ‘Goin Off’ in 1988.

    Markie’s best-known song is “Just a Friend’ which was released in 1989 and reached number nine in the Billboard charts.

  • Chris Bradford

    'BIZ MAY NOT MAKE IT PAST THE WEEKEND'

     

  • Chris Bradford

    WHY IS ‘IS BIZ MARKIE DEAD’ TRENDING?

    Biz Markie’s health has reportedly deteriorated since 2020, prompting speculation about his wellbeing.

    On June 30, 2021, rumors began to spread that the 57-year-old had passed away as “Biz Markie dead,” trended on Twitter.

    However, much to the relief of his fans, Reporter Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson confirmed that Biz was alive and receiving palliative care in a hospice.

    But, he added that he is ”still suffering from severe brain damage”.

    Fans had previously fans had warnings not to spread misinformation, with pleas to respect Biz’s family.

  • Chris Bradford

    'BIZ IS STILL ALIVE'

     

  • Chris Bradford

    'MORE THAN JUST A FRIEND'

    FOX4 news reporter Harold R Kuntz tweeted: "Biz Markie was more than “Just A Friend” — he always made brief but great appearances in TV/Movies."

    Markie starred in Men in Black II which also featured Will Smith.

     

  • Chris Bradford

    BIZ MARKIE 'IN HOSPICE', SAYS REPORTER

     

  • Chris Bradford

    MARKIE LOST 140LBS AS HE MANAGED DIABETES

    Biz Markie has undergone a number of serious health scares – much of which are deemed to be as a direct consequence of his Type 2 diabetes.

    The rapper previously lost 140 pounds worth of weight in an effort to manage his diabetes as he pushed to change his prospectus, NME reports.

    In a 2014 interview with ABC, Markie said: “If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse.

    “[Doctors] said I could lose my feet. They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT IS BIZ MARKIE’S REAL NAME?

    Biz Markie’s real name is Marcel Theo Hall.

    He adopted his alias name after he stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne Shanté of the “Juice Crew.”

    His mother used to call him “Biz” because he was such a busybody.

    “Markie” is short for Marcel which was his neighborhood nickname.

  • Chris Bradford

    ‘MOVIE STAR’

    Biz Markie starred in the 2002 movie Men In Black II, featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

    He played an alien parody of himself whose language sounded like beatboxing.

    He also appeared in an episode of the American crime drama Fastlane where he played a nightclub DJ.  

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT’S BIZ MARKIE’S NET WORTH?

    As of 2021, Markie has an estimated net worth of $3 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    The majority of his worth is believed to have been generated from song royalties, which was increased by his continued presence into the industry after the turn of the millennium.

    Across his career, the 57-year-old has featured on several songs with different artists, including the Rolling Stones, Len, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Beastie Boys.

    He opened for Chris Rock’s tour in 2008 and took part in the 2013 “Yo Gabba Gabba” tour.

  • Chris Bradford

    ‘THE CLOWN PRINCE OF HIP HOP’

    Biz Markie is known as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop”

    He is best known for his 1989 single ‘Just A Friend’ which became a top 40 hit in many countries.

    In 2008, the track made No.100 on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHY IS ‘IS BIZ MARKIE DEAD’ TRENDING?

    Biz Markie’s health has reportedly deteriorated since 2020, prompting speculation about his wellbeing.

    On June 30, 2021, rumors began to spread that the 57-year-old had passed away as “Biz Markie dead,” trended on Twitter.

    However, much to the relief of his fans, Reporter Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson confirmed that Biz was alive and receiving palliative care in a hospice.

    But, he added that he is ”still suffering from severe brain damage”.

    Fans had previously fans had warnings not to spread misinformation, with pleas to respect Biz’s family.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHY IS THE RAPPER UNDER MEDICAL CARE?

    It's not known why Biz Markie is under medical attention.

    He was reportedly hospitalized in July 2020 after suffering complications with Type 2 diabetes.

    The rapper's rep confirmed the illness wasn't Covid-19.

  • Chris Bradford

    BIZ IS 'STILL ALIVE AND UNDER MEDICAL CARE'

    Biz Markie's manager confirmed that the rapper is "still alive" and is receiving medical treatment as rumors spread that he had died.

    Jenni Izumi told NBC: "Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.

    "Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers and fans alike.

    "At this time, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT IS BIZ MARKIE’S REAL NAME?

    Biz Markie’s real name is Marcel Theo Hall.

    He adopted his alias name after he stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne Shanté of the “Juice Crew.”

    His mother used to call him “Biz” because he was such a busybody.

    “Markie” is short for Marcel which was his neighborhood nickname.

  • Chris Bradford

    ‘SPELL IN HOSPITAL’

    Rapper Biz Markie was hospitalized for several weeks in July 2020.

    His rep told TMZ at the time the illness was not Covid-19.

    They said: "He is receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals and we remain positive about the outcome."

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO IS BIZ MARKIE?

    Biz Markie is an American rapper, singer and hip hop legend.

    Markie was born in Harlem and started getting noticed while performing at colleges in Washington, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    He released his debut album Goin’ Off in 1988, featuring the hit single Make Music With Your Mouth, Biz and underground classics Vapors, Pickin Boogers and Nobody Beats the Biz.

    His second album, 1989’s The Biz Never Sleeps, features his iconic hit Just A Friend, which peaked at 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. 

    The track was later recognized as one of the Top 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders and as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop by VH1.

    Markie spent much of the next few years carving out a role as an actor, with appearances on In Living Color, Men in Black II, Celebrity Fit Club, and Wild ‘n Out.

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