On Wednesday, rumors swirled that beloved rapper Biz Markie was no longer with us. However his representative denies rumors that the rapper passed away.
Biz Markie, 57, is best known for his beatboxing skills and his hit single “Just a Friend.”
In December, Markie, real name Marcel Hall, suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in serious condition. Markie’s rep confirmed the popular DJ and music producer was receiving around-the-clock medical care.
On Wednesday, rumors swirled that Markie, who was “in a hospice with significant brain damage,” had passed away.
However, a spokesperson for the star denied the allegations, telling Rolling Stone in a statement: “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true. Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.”
In April, fellow rapper Big Daddy Kane told The Breakfast Club that Markie was recovering from a stroke.
“He’s getting better,” Kane said.
“He’s in rehabilitation now. He’s getting better and stronger every day. Last time I talked to him on the phone, he got a real light voice, but last time I talked on the phone, he stuck his middle finger up at me, so I think he’s coming along.”