Biz Markie is still alive, it has been confirmed, after false reports claimed the rapper had died.
Rumours on social media circulated on Wednesday claiming the rapper, real name Marcell Hall, was dead.
However, loved ones have now confirmed Markie, 57, is alive and in a hospice but has ‘significant brain damage’.
A rep for the hip hop star told various publications: ‘The news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true. Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible.’
Reporter Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson also updated concerned fans and tweeted: ‘Biz Markie has significant brain damage per a family associate. The legendary rapper is in hospice care but is still alive currently.’