The life of rapper Biz Markie will be celebrated on Monday, with expected appearances by fellow entertainers LL Cool J, Fat Joe and Papoose.The eulogy will be delivered by the Rev. Al Sharpton during the funeral at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, according to reports. A private service is set to begin at 11 a.m. with a public service live-streamed on BET at 2 p.m.
Biz Markie was born Marcel Theo Hall in Harlem in 1964 but spent his formative years on Long Island. He died on July 16 in a Baltimore hospital after a battle with complications from diabetes. He was 57.
He was best known for his 1989 hit “Just A Friend.” His infectious smile and easy, upbeat lyrics earned him the nickname The Clown Prince of Rap.
“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Jenni Izumi, a representative for Biz Markie, said in a statement after his death.
Local officials will reportedly close a strip of East Main Street in Patchogue to ensure safety of fans and well wishers.
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