Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama sent a heartfelt condolence letter to Biz Markie’s wife Tara Davis, TMZ reports.
Davis mentioned the letter during the celebration of life memorial ceremony on Monday (August 2) for her late husband, the legendary rapper Biz Markie.
The letter, shared with TMZ, reads as follows:
We wanted to extend our heartfelt condolences to you as you reflect on Biz Markie’s life. We didn’t know Biz Markie as long or as well as you and your loved ones did. But like others who admired him, he holds a special place in our hearts as one of rap’s most innovative stylists and as a great man.
Biz Markie brightened every room he was in, and we will always appreciate him for his early support in 2008, bringing people together to ‘Party with a Purpose’ and get out the vote. His legacy in hip hop will span generations just as it has for nearly four decades.
We hope you take comfort in all the fond memories you have with him. Please know that we are holding you, Averi, and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton was expected to deliver the eulogy at the service in New York City.
Several iconic hip hop artists, including LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane, were also expected to appear at the ceremony to pay their last respects.
The legendary human beatbox, born Marcel Theo Hall, passed away on July 16 at 57 years old.
He suffered from complications with Type II diabetes and was hospitalized in June 2020. Unfortunately, the “Just a Friend” rapper never fully recovered.