LOS ANGELES – Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple regarded for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 basic “Just a Close friend,” has died. He was 57.

Markie’s agent, Jenni Izumi, stated the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his spouse by his facet. The trigger of demise has not been released.

“We are grateful for the numerous calls and prayers of guidance that we have acquired for the duration of this hard time,” Izumi reported in a assertion. “Biz made a legacy of artistry that will endlessly be celebrated by his field friends and his beloved enthusiasts whose

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