After reports overnight that hip-hop legend Biz Markie had died, his manager has refuted the rumors early Thursday, saying the musician was still alive.
“The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true,” Jenni Izumi said in a statement.
“Biz is still under medical care surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best health care possible. Biz’s wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers and fans alike. At this time, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the statement continued.
Details on Biz Markie’s condition or why he was under medical care were not made clear.
Biz Markie, 57, has seemingly been dealing with medical issues for the past year.
Back in July 2020 it was reported the beatboxing musician was hospitalized after complications due to diabetes.
Then in December 2020, multiple news outlets reported he had suffered a stroke.