Biz Markie, an American original born Marcel Theo Hall and a larger-than-life hip-hop figure, has died at the age of 57.
Markie died Friday, his manager Jenni Izumi confirmed in a statement.
The rapper-producer-actor became a pop culture staple following “Just a Friend,” his platinum-selling Top 10 hit in 1989 that would pop up through the years in TV shows as varied as “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Black-ish.”
“It is with profound sadness that we announce, this evening, with his wife Tara by his side, Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully passed away. We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,”
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