Biz Markie, the rapper finest identified for the hit track “Only a Good friend,” died on Friday, July 16. He was 57.
“We’re grateful for the various calls and prayers of help that we’ve acquired throughout this troublesome time,” a rep for the rapper instructed TMZ on Friday. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that may without end be celebrated by his business friends and his beloved followers whose lives he was capable of contact via music, spanning over 35 years. He leaves behind a spouse, many members of the family and shut pals who will miss his vibrant character, fixed jokes and frequent banter.”
The outlet reported that the musician’s loss of life adopted issues from diabetes, which he suffered from for greater than a 12 months. He died in a hospital in Baltimore along with his spouse, Tara Corridor, by his aspect.
Markie’s rep denied rumors of his loss of life earlier this month. “The information of Biz Markie’s passing isn’t true. Biz continues to be underneath medical care, surrounded by professionals who’re working onerous to supply the very best healthcare potential,” Jenni Izumi mentioned in a press release on July 1. “Right now, we ask on your continued ideas and prayers throughout this troublesome time.”
Markie (born Marcel Theo Corridor) was beforehand hospitalized in 2020 because of his kind 2 diabetes. “He’s receiving the very best care from an incredible group of medical professionals and we stay optimistic concerning the consequence,” his rep mentioned on the time.
The singer made headlines in November 2014 after he misplaced 140 kilos three years after being identified with diabetes. “I needed to stay,” he defined to ABC Information after his transformation. “Since I’ve to be a diabetic, if I didn’t make the modifications, it was going to make the diabetes worse. I’m making an attempt to get off [the diabetes medication]. The way in which you gotta do it’s lose the burden. I’m off half my meds, I simply acquired to get off the remainder.”
Markie famous on the time that he ate natural meals to keep up his new physique, including that he deliberate to lose extra weight the next 12 months. “When I was on stage, I was out of breath. I couldn’t stroll that far,” he mentioned. “Now, I acquired a lot power.”
The DJ launched his debut album, Goin’ Off, in 1988. “Only a Good friend” dropped in 1989 and went on to turn into a Prime 40 hit.
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