Rapper Biz Markie, most famous for his iconic hit “Just a Friend”, has died at the age of 57 after a series of complications from diabetes. He is survived by his wife Tara Hall and a daughter that they shared named Averi.

While Biz Markie did not have any biological kids of his own, he was a loving father-figure to his bonus daughter Averi and to his niece.


This past Father’s Day, Tara took to her Instagram to praise her husband for being a ‘fun dad’. “You can only imagine what kind of Dad Biz is… fun, fun, fun! Happy Father’s Day @officialbizmarkie ..and to all the Loving Fathers out there…keep making memories. They mean so much to us right now…until we can make more. And as always, thank you for your kind messages, phone calls, video messages and prayers. Biz loves them and is still in it to win it.”


 On April 8th, 2021, Markie spent his 57th birthday in a hospital, but according to Tara, the legendary rapper had a ‘great’ day.

She wrote on Instagram, “Biz wanted me to thank everyone for all the phone calls, well wishes, cards, prayers and tributes. He had a great birthday and misses you just as much as you miss him. We had a little cupcake “Turn Up” on his floor for all the staff from custodial to his physicians whom we are grateful for the extra love and care in helping Biz’s continued rehab. Happy Birthday Biz! I love you and I am proud of you!!!”

Markie, real name Marcel Theo Hall, passed away in a Baltimore hospital on Friday night. He was surrounded by his wife and other family members.

A rep for Biz tells TMZ, “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. He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter.”

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