Biz Markie is alive despite erroneous reports indicating otherwise late Wednesday evening (June 30).
According to a report by NBC News early Thursday morning (July 1), Jenni Izumi, manager of Biz, née Marcel Hall, denounced claims that the legendary rapper has died. Izumi told the outlet, “Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who work hard to provide the best possible health care.”
Conditions concerning Biz Markieit is unclear what health and treatment he is receiving.
Izumi’s statement continues, “Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from her friends, peers and fans. At this time, we ask you to continue to think and pray during this difficult time. “
Last night incorrect reports started circulating online claiming that Biz had died.
Shortly after, reporter Roland Martin tweeted that the news was accurate. He wrote: “People,
@BizMarkie is NOT dead. I have been in contact with sources who text and talk to his wife. My source spoke to Biz TODAY. By his wife, Biz DID NOT die. Please stop responding to non-credible sources. It hurts family, friends and fans. “
Last July, TMZ reported that the rhymer, known for his classic 1989 hit, “Just a friend“, had been hospitalized for weeks with complications from type 2 diabetes. He was receiving treatment at a hospital in Maryland and at the time, a representative from Biz said,” He receives the best care from a amazing team of professional physicians and we remain positive about the outcome. “
Back in 2014, Biz Markie shared that he began to focus seriously on his health after being diagnosed with diabetes, which resulted in a 140-pound weight loss.
The 57-year-old artist confided ABC News at the time: “I wanted to live. Since I must be diabetic, if I didn’t make the changes, it would make the diabetes worse. I’m trying to get out of it [the diabetes meds]. The way you need to do it is to lose weight. I haven’t taken half of my meds, I just have to stop the rest. “
XXL contacted a representative for Biz Markie for a comment.
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