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Who was Biz Markie's wife Tara? NY rapper, 57, dies days after death rumors surfaced

Rapper Biz Markie aka Marcel Theo Hall was recently hospitalized after suffering a stroke and died due to complications from diabetes
UPDATED JUL 17, 2021
Biz Markie had wife Tara by his side when he passed away (Instagram @officialbizmarkie)
Biz Markie had wife Tara by his side when he passed away (Instagram @officialbizmarkie)

Hip-hop legend Biz Markie, whose real name is, Marcel Theo Hall, passed away on Friday, July 16. He was 57. The iconic New York rapper, DJ, and record producer died due to the complications from diabetes that he was grappling from last one year. Biz Markie was best known for his 1989 single ‘Just a Friend’. The rapper who was hailed as the 'Crown Prince of hip hop' is survived by his wife Tara and daughter Averi.

According to TMZ, a family source shared the sad news to the publication revealing that the rapper breathed his last at 6:25 pm in a Baltimore hospital. His wife Tara held his hand as he bid adieu to his close ones. A rep for the late iconic rapper shared, "We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time.” The rep added, “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." Hip-hop also lost an icon when DMX recently passed away along with other icons such as Chi Modu, Shock G, and Double K.
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Who is Biz Markie's wife Tara?

Speaking of Biz Markie’s wife, the late rapper used to post pictures with his wife Tara on a regular basis. His wife goes with the username “taradise_25” on Instagram. She had recently posted a Father’s Day tribute by sharing a short video of her rapper husband. The caption read, "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".  Tara was a constant support during the rapper’s illness and she was at her side when he said his last goodbyes.

The news of Biz Markie’s death comes weeks after the rumors surfaced that he had passed away as he was recently hospitalized after suffering a stroke. His manager Jenni Izumi had then confirmed that Biz is alive and under medical care at the moment. “The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true. 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”, as reported by Revolt. The rapper was also hospitalized in 2020.




‘The hip hop world lost a GOAT today’

Tributes poured in for the hip-hop legend as soon as the news of him passing away hit the Internet. One shared a picture of the late legend and posted, “Biz spinning records at a protest at the U.S. Capitol. Rest In Power Biz Markie.” One tweeted, “Rip Biz Markie…One of the best to ever do it.  #BIZMARKIE” Another added, “Rest In Power Legend Folded hands Biz Markie Forever!”
The next one stated, “Rest In Peace to a music icon Biz Markie the smiles you brought to people will forever be missed.” Meanwhile, another mourned, “RIP to the great Biz Markie. One of my all time favorites. The hip hop world lost a GOAT today. Make the Music with your mouth in heaven.” One concluded, “Adios, Maestro Biz Markie!!! Forever in your debt for your talent, kindness and sense of humor. Thank you for letting me use your song in The Book of Life. I will never forget your humanity. We'll meet again, king!!!”