Groundbreaking beatboxer and rapper, Biz Markie, has been hospitalized for weeks as he battles an undisclosed illness triggered by his Type 2 diabetes, according to published reports.
“He is receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals and we remain positive about the outcome,” a rep for the hip-hop star told TMZ.
The website described the situation as a “serious illness,” but reps for the rapper said it is not COVID-19.
Biz Markie, who is known for the classic hits “Just A Friend” and “Vapors,” is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Maryland.
The 56-year-old New York native has been open about his battle with diabetes. In a 2013 interview with the New York Daily News, he said he dropped 140 pounds by changing his diet, exercising and cutting back on sugar.
“I walk. I do the treadmill, I walk around the mall,” he said. “I do little crunches with my stomach, not that much.”