Rapper Biz Markie dies

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Iconic rapper Biz Markie – born Marcel Theo Hall, and branded the ‘Clown Prince of Hip Hop’ by virtue of his legendary tenure as a pioneer of the genre, and his inimitable sense of humour – has died at age 57.

News of his passing was confirmed by rep Jenni Izumi.

Markie’s cause of death has not been made public at the time of writing, though it’s known the rapper had been suffering severe health complications of late due to complications from his type 2 diabetes.

Markie had previously lost 140 pounds worth of weight in an effort to manage his diabetes.