The 57-year-old artist died at a Baltimore hospital, and held his wife’s hand as he took his last breath, according to his manager.
The Harlem native, born Marcel Theo Hall, was raised on Long Island and was lovingly known as “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” for his lighthearted and irreverent musical style and persona.
Biz Markie was hospitalized last year with complications related to his Type II diabetes.
The artist recorded five full length albums, and the popularity of his platinum hit continues to resonate with international audiences across generational lines.
Biz was also known for his work in film and TV, including “Men in Black II” and Nick Jr’s children’s program “Yo Gabba Gabba” where he would perform “Biz’s Beat of the Day.”
“He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter,” Izumi said.