A rep for Biz confirms the hospitalization was not COVID-19 related.
Send up a prayer for Biz Markie.
According to multiple sources, the hip-hop legend has been hospitalized for weeks suffering from undisclosed complications with Type II Diabetes. A rep for the venerable DJ told TMZ Biz is in a Maryland-area hospital and has been “receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals.” Though the reports note Biz is in serious condition, his team added, “We remain positive about the outcome.”
Biz Markie was been battling Diabetes for the better part of the last decade. In 2014, he was named the spokesperson for Zevia’s sugar-free soda line (a far cry from being a former face of Sprite) after losing more than 140 pounds to combat the effects of his Diabetes. As news of Biz’s hospitalization spread, the last 24-hours have seen an outpouring of love from across the world of hip-hop with fans and mentees like Questlove, El-P, R.A. The Rugged Man, and others, sending their thoughts and prayers. You can read those below.
The story is still developing. Check back in the days ahead for updates on Biz Markie’s condition.
get well @BizMarkie we love you ♥️
— el-p (@therealelp) July 25, 2020
— Naughty by Nature (@naughtybynature) July 25, 2020
Prayers for my Big Brother @BizMarkie !! He’s been in the hospital for weeks in bad shape. @DJDIAMOND told me he’s getting better. Prayers for the LEGEND. One of the greatest performers of all time. Beatboxing, Rhymin, Routines, DJ’ing, Producing, Party Rockin. One of my Mentors
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) July 25, 2020
Praying For Biz. Love You Man. https://t.co/7oj5nr0vzb
— 2🗑2🗑 (@questlove) July 25, 2020