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Rapper Biz Markie dead at 57: What you need to know

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  • Popularly known as the ‘Clown Prince of Hip-Hop’, rapper Biz Markie died on Friday at age 57. He had health issues and struggled with Type-2 diabetes for more than 10 years. However, the cause of his death was not released.

  • His ep Jenni Izumi said in a statement, “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.”

  • Biz released 5 albums during his career, most notably 1988’s Goin’ Off and 1989’s The Biz Never Sleeps. He had a unique style where he used to include humor in his music which earned him his name ‘Clown Prince of Hip-Hop’

  • The singer was once sued by musician Gilbert O’Sullivan for his song ‘Alone Again’ which was released in 1991, for unauthorized use of his music.

  • He also acted in some TV shows and movies, including “Men in Black 2”.

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