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RUMOR CONTROL: Biz Markie’s Family Responds To Death Rumors, Says He’s Still ALIVE

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Late last night, unconfirmed and non-credible reports came out that said Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie had died. Now, his family is addressing the rumors, letting fans know he’s still alive. More inside…

If you hopped on Twitter or Instagram late last night, then you likely saw the R.I.P. posts that indicted rap ioneer Biz Markie had passed away. However, the rumors are NOT true.

Several media outlets –  including REVOLT which is owned by Diddy (whom one would think would have direct connections to verify this story) – reported 57-year-old rapper/DJ Biz Markie had passed away, but the family claims that’s not true.

DJ Webstar posted a R.I.P. tribute to Biz Markie on his Instagram page:

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Folks started putting up their R.I.P. tribute posts to Biz Markie due to the unconfirmed and un-sourced reports of his death. However, he’s still alive and reportedly in hospice care. Revolt and TSR deleted their posts after news broke that Biz Markie is STILL alive.

Sports reporter Brandon Robinson first confirmed Biz Markie is still with us:

 

Journalist Roland Martin also hopped on social media to refute the death rumors after speaking with Biz’s wife, Tara Davis.

 

“Folks, @BizMarkie has NOT died,” tweeted Roland. “I have been in contact with sources who are texting and talking to his wife. My source talked to Biz TODAY. Per his wife, Biz HAS NOT passed away. Please stop responding to non-credible sources. This hurts the family, friends and fans.”

 

 

“I am ON THE PHONE right now with @BizMarkie’s wife at 1:14 am EST. He HAS NOT PASSED AWAY,” tweeted Roland. “So PLEASE STOP IT! She says this is hurtful to all of his family. Folks, I’m a JOURNALIST. I’m not gonna pass on BS. I’ll let you know what I KNOW FOR CERTAIN. #BlackOwnedMediaMatters”

Biz’s manager, Jenni Izumi, also refuted the death rumors, telling NBC News he’s still alive and under medical care.

“Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible,” Izumi said. “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.”

Over the years, the Harlem rapper – best known for his 1989 single “Just A Friend” – struggled with his health. He has been battling diabetes since 2010. Over the last few years, he dropped hella weight (140lbs to be exact) to help manage his weight. Last summer, Biz was reportedly hospitalized due to complications from Type 2 diabetes.

 

 

A few months ago, Big Daddy Kane gave Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” a positive update on Biz’s health following the stroke.

“He’s in rehabilitation now. He’s getting better and stronger every day. Last time I talked to him on the phone, he got a real light voice, but last time I talked on the phone. He stuck his middle finger up at me, so I think he’s coming along.”

He also talked about Biz in a recent IG post: 

 

 

Due to unchecked journalism at REVOLT, Roland Martin is calling for the media company to issue an apology to Biz Markie’s family:

He made a whole thread about responsible journalism and why it’s so important:

“Listen to me: You CANNOT trust all so-called media outlets,” tweeted Roland. “A cheap ass way of doing ‘journalism’ is to say So & so is ‘reportedly’ dead. Well, who is the ‘reportedly’? Who are their sources? What are they basing the ‘report’ on? who is quoted? This is why I don’t follow BS. When I see a ‘story,’ I first READ the article. I look to see what they are basing the information. When Twitter went crazy with the lie about @BizMarkie dying, I called a close friend of his, an industry legend. He said, “I talked to Biz today.” Not good enough,” he continued.

“Why? He could have talked to him at 2 pm, and stuff happens in 11 hours. He then said, ‘I talked to his wife.’ I said, ‘when?’ Him: ‘A few minutes ago.’ Me: ‘Text the wife now.’ He did. Response? ‘Still alive.’ I said, ‘Tell her I’m posting this, does she approve?’ Him: Yes.'”

“What did I do there? I CALLED a source. I didn’t RT some bullshit someone else ‘reported.’ I chose to VERIFY myself. My source then called the wife. I then was SPECIFIC in my questions to establish the timeline before I ‘published.’ This is what real journalists do. People trust us. We can’t just toss out BS. A fellow TV journalist called me to say one female rapper hit him in tears over the news of @BizMarkie Now she’s on an emotional rollercoaster because of an erroneous post. This stuff infuriates me. It’s just bad form,” he said.

“The folks at @revolttv owe the public an apology for posting that story. I know @Diddy and @Detavio. There should be an IMMEDIATE assessment of their journalistic protocols to determine how that story got published on the site. There must be editorial standards in place. ANY story that is published must be properly vetted & approved. The reporter who wrote it must be stand by their REPORTING. Stop this weak ass journalism of re-writing news based on someone else’s tweet that you never confirmed yourself. Old school: Trust AND verify.”

He’s right and we agree with all of this.

Prayers up for Biz Markie and his family during this time.

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