BIZ MARKIE has died at the age of 57.
According toTMZ, the legendary rapper passed away in a Baltimore hospital at 6:25 PM on Friday (July 16) after a "series of complications from diabetes that he's been fighting for more than a year."
Sources told the outlet Biz's wife,Tara Hall, "held his hand as he took his last breath and the nursing staff was there to support his family."
In July 2020, Biz was reportedly hospitalized for weeks due to complications with Type II Diabetes. The rapper was diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 and opened up about his diagnosis in 2013 after losing 140 pounds.
“I walk. I do the treadmill, I walk around the mall,” he said at the time. “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.”
The Harlem rapper, born Marcel Theo Hall, is known for his hits like "Just a Friend," and appearing inMen in Black II.