This week, a memorial was held in Long Island, New York to commemorate the life of Biz Markie.
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Taking place on Monday August 2, the service saw a private gathering of family and friends at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. Throughout the service, Markie’s peers read eulogies, reflecting on their relationship with the rapper and the impact he has made on music and popular culture more generally.
A flower arrangement reading ‘Biz’ was featured on the stage, alongside a portrait of Markie which was developed throughout the service.
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Markie died last month, aged 57, following a history of severe health complications related to diabetes. He was initially hospitalised in April 2020.
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Over his 35-year-long career, the 'Just a Friend' star inspired admiration from fans and industry counterparts alike.
Tara Hall, who was married to the late rapper, said: “A person like that should live forever. I may not be taking care of Biz's physical body anymore, but I am going to take care of his legacy.”
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