When is Biz Markie's funeral? Fat Joe and LL Cool J to pay tribute to iconic rapper in NYC
Biz Markie, who left us for the heavenly abode on July 16, is reportedly going to get a grand farewell from his family and close friends from the industry. The late hip-hop legend died at the age of 57 following complications from diabetes which he was grappling with for one year.
The late rapper’s send-off is apparently planned in the first week of August and hip-hop stalwarts like Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Papoose, Big Daddy Kane, Al B and Leland Robinson will be marking their attendance to bid their final goodbyes, as reported by TMZ. Speaking of recent deaths in hip-hop, we lost a few other icons such as DMX, Chi Modu, Shock G, and Double K.
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When is Biz Markie's funeral?
According to TMZ, Biz Markie’s funeral is planned for Monday, August 2, in New York City. Sources spilled the beans to the publication that Al Sharpton will be doing the honors of delivering the eulogy. Though not confirmed, Markie might have an open casket. The ‘Just A Friend’ hitmaker will reportedly be dressed in a custom outfit designed by Harlem fashion icon Dapper Dan. For the unversed, Biz Markie was close to Dan as Markie extended his support to him when he was trying to make it big in the industry.
The farewell of the iconic rapper, DJ, and record producer will apparently have a private family viewing set for Monday from 11 am to 1 pm ET. The funeral service will commence at 1.30 pm and will run until 3.30 pm.
How did Biz Markie die?
According to TMZ, a family source had 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."
The late hip-hop legend was a multi-talented individual who not only had exceptional rapping skills but was also a DJ, a comedian, a beatboxer and a music producer. This allowed him to pocket impressive money throughout his career. He was also a part of a young supergroup that consisted of several eventual greats namely Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, MC Shan and others. Speaking of his net worth, the late icon was valued at $1M, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. He was among the greats in the '80s and the '90s, which made him pocket fat paycheques.