PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Friends and family of Biz Markie celebrated his life and legacy at a funeral, remembering the rapper as larger than life and full of love. At the Patchogue Theatre on Long Island on Monday, Biz Markie’s black coffin was placed center stage, an arrangement of white flowers on top. Markie, known for the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” died last month at the age of 57. Among those who attended the funeral were Ice-T and Fat Joe, as well as Montell Jordan and Al B. Sure.
Photo: FILE – Biz Markie attends the 20th Century Fox press line on Day 2 of Comic-Con International on July 25, 2014, in San Diego. The hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said in a statement that the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday, July 16, 2021, with his wife by his side. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)