Laughter, tears, cheers at funeral for Biz Markie

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People leave the funeral services for the late Marcel Theo Hall, aka “Biz Markie” at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts on Monday Aug. 2, 2021 in Patchogue, NY. (Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday via AP)

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.

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