Prayers are going up for hip hop legend Biz Markie (pictured) who recently suffered a stroke.

The multi-talented hip-hop artist, 56, has struggled with health problems for years and according to HipHopDX, these problems have escalated recently.

“He’s not doing great, but it’s not as scandalous as it felt in the beginning,” said a close friend to the source, according to TheGrio.

Rumors swirled earlier this year that the rapper suffered from coronavirus but sources say that isn’t true.

“Short story is Biz is diabetic, he had slipped into a diabetic coma, but that has happened to him in the past and it would only last a little while. He would go to the hospital, get discharged, and get his meds under control. This particular time, he had a stroke while he was in the middle of the coma,” the close friend also said.

He is currently at a hospital in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. Although he is conscious and does FaceTime with family and friends, the stroke impacted his brain, which altered his communication skills.

Back when the “Just A Friend” rapper was hospitalized over the summer due to complications with his Type II diabetes, a spokesperson told TMZ at the time: “He is receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals and we remain positive about the outcome.”

Biz Markie recently became the topic of rumors when folks began to say he was missing because they had not heard any news about his progress after being hospitalized over the summer.

He had not appeared on his Sirius XM radio show Rock the Bells for the last six months, HipHop DX says.

Fans and other supporters tweeted messages to show support.

“We’re praying for @BizMarkie today. He suffered a stroke and is struggling to speak, but he’s still here fighting. I don’t know Biz, but you can still say #HesJustAFriend and I’m praying for him,” Famed radio personality and former BET host Donnie Simpson tweeted.

Reference: Mans, K. (2020, December 10) Biz Markie reportedly recovering after suffering stroke. Retrieved from

*Your Black World news correspondent Victor Trammell edited and contributed to this report.

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