Biz Markie Dies: ‘Just A Friend’ Rapper And Actor Was 57

Rapper Biz Markie, the rapper whose classic Just A Friend was a major hit in 1989 and has since been sampled in countless songs and videos, has died.

He passed in a Baltimore hospital from complications of diabetes.

He was 57.TMZ broke the story of his death, but weeks before, a flurry of reports prematurely told of his death.

That was dispelled by his manager, but it was acknowledged that he had been in ill health for some time.

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