Biz Markie will be remembered at a funeral service on Monday, Aug. 2 in Long Island, New York.
Many music industry insiders are expected to attend the service, and Rev. Al Sharpton announced he will give the eulogy.
“I am honored to deliver the eulogy on Monday for Marcel Theo Hall – the legendary Biz Markie who touched the world with his infectious smile, amazing energy, and Hip-Hop hits,” Sharpton tweeted Friday.
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In a second post, Sharpton celebrated the trailblazing beatboxer and rapper’s legacy. “Known for his top 40 hit, ‘Just A Friend’ and his recurring role on ‘Yo Gaba Gaba,’ he brightened every room he was in and every song he was on,” the minister and television personality wrote on Twitter.
The private funeral for family and friends will take place at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in the village of Patchogue.
According to published reports, a family viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the funeral service from 1:30-3:30 p.m. TMZ and BET are expected to stream the funeral starting at 2pm ET.
Biz Markie died at age 57 on July 16. A cause of death was not given, although he battled Type 2 diabetes for years and suffered a host of complications from the disease.
The hip-hop star and DJ was born in Harlem in 1964. He grew up on Long Island, and began his career in New York City nightclubs. He gained regional recognition on college campuses before his 1989 single “Just a Friend” became a global hit.