The hip hop neighborhood simply misplaced a buddy.
Biz Markie, the rapper behind the 1989 hit “Only a Good friend,” died at age 57 on Friday, July 16, E! Information confirms.
“It’s with profound unhappiness that we announce, this night, along with his spouse Tara by his facet, Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully handed away,” his spokesperson advised E! Information in a press release on July 16.
“We’re grateful for the numerous calls and prayers of help that we’ve obtained throughout this tough time,” the assertion went on. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that can without end be celebrated by his business friends and his beloved followers whose lives he was capable of contact by means of music, spanning over 35 years.”
He is survived by his spouse of over 15 years, in addition to his members of the family and shut pals, “who will miss his vibrant persona, fixed jokes and frequent banter,” per his rep. “We respectfully request privateness for his household as they mourn their cherished one.”
A household supply advised TMZ that Biz died at a hospital in Baltimore, Md., following problems with diabetes.