It’s being reported that the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop” Biz Markie has sadly passed away at the age of 57. He had been having increasing health conditions his hospitalization last year as a result of diabetes complications.
As previously reported by REVOLT, Big Daddy Kane previously gave “The Breakfast Club” an update on Markie’s health, revealing that the hip hop icon was in rehabilitation following a stroke that occurred months earlier:
“He’s getting better and stronger every day. Last time I talked to him on the phone, he got a real light voice, but last time I talked on the phone. He stuck his middle finger up at me, so I think he’s coming along.”
Years following his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2010, Biz Markie revealed to the New York Daily News that he was fighting the disease after losing 140 pounds thanks to exercise and diet changes. He also spoke on friends who have provided him support in his journey, specially fellow stars like Will Smith and Magic Johnson:
“I walk. I do the treadmill, I walk around the mall … I do a little crunches with my stomach, not that much. Just enough to get the engine going cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha! Vroooommmmm…
They be seein’ me, I lost the weight, and I didn’t have to use lap band surgery or whatever … They see that I did it, and they know I was the greedy, greasy person. So if I can do it, anyone can do it.”
It was back in 1988 when Markie released his debut LP Goin’ Off, which featured well-received singles like “Nobody Beats The Biz,” “Vapors,” and “Pickin’ Boogers.” His next album, The Biz Never Sleeps, made landfall a year later and boasted the top ten hit “Just A Friend.”
Our condolences go out to Biz Markie’s family and friends.
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