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Rapper Biz Markie Dies at Age 57

RAPPER Biz Markie died on Friday night aged 57 due to complications with diabetes.

His wife, Tara Hall, reportedly held his hand as he took his last breath in a Baltimore hospital at around 6.25pm.

The nursing staff was on hand to support Biz’s family, who assured his loved ones that he was strong while fighting his health battles.

His death was confirmed by TMZ who said he had been fighting diabetes for more than a year.

A rep for Biz confirming his passing to PEOPLE, stating: "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 created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years," it continued.

"He leaves behind a wife, many family members, and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes, and frequent banter.

"We respectfully request privacy for his family as they mourn their loved one."

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