Rapper Biz Markie Dies At 57

Topline

Biz Markie — a rapper known for his song Just A Friend — died Friday at the age of 57, his manager said.

Key Facts

Biz Markie died Friday evening with his wife next to him, his manager Jenni Izumi told Forbes via email (the news was first reported by TMZ).

Izumi didn’t specify a cause of death, but he’s faced a years-long, well-documented struggle with Type 2 diabetes.

Two weeks ago, Izumi swatted down rumors that Biz Markie had died, but she told NBC News he was receiving medical care.

Crucial Quote

“Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,” Izumi told Forbes in a statement. “He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter.”

Tangent

Biz Markie has struggled with Type 2 diabetes for years. He was hospitalized last year due to complications, his manager said, and he told ABC News in 2014 he lost 140 pounds. “If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse,” he said.

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