Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the platinum 1989 single “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of…
In a statement to NBC News, manager Jenni Izumi said the news of the 57-year-old artist and actor’s passing is false.