Before the beloved hip-hop legend Biz Markie is laid to rest, his family will be hosting a funeral for him in grand fashion Monday, Aug. 2, at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Biz Markie, the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop,” who grew up in Patchogue, passed away Friday, July 16. He was 57.
The services will run from around 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, according to an announcement, and fellow hip-hop artists Fat Joe, Papoose, LL Cool J (a Bay Shore native), members of the Juice Crew and others will also be attending.
“Biz Markie touched the world with his infectious smile, amazing energy, and hip-hop hits,” the announcement reads. “Known for his Top 40 hit, “Just A Friend” and his recurring role on “Yo Gabba Gabba!,” he brightened every room he was in and every song he was on.”
Select friends, family members and colleagues will be invited inside for the viewing.
Village officials say a strip of East Main Street in Patchogue will be closed to ensure safety for the hundreds, if not thousands, of lifelong fans and well-wishers who are expected to gather outside to pay respect to the late, great artist.
Biz Markie was born Marcel Theo Hall.
The music pioneer’s cause of death has not been publicly addressed by family, but Biz Markie did have Type 2 diabetes and had been reportedly hospitalized last year due to complications related to the life-long illness, and he later suffered a stroke.
“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 shortly after his death.
“Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,” Izumi said. “He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter.”
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Patchogue Theatre is located at 71 East Main Street, in the heart of Patchogue Village. East Main Street will be closed from Maple to Ocean avenues starting at 8 a.m. The road will open at 4 p.m. The municipal parking lots along Oak Street will also be closed during those times, according to village officials.