Fat Joe has been Biz Markie's emotionally supportive partner in rhyme for over a year, prior to his tragic passing.
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Biz's wife, Tara revealed to TMZ that the Terror Squad leader was "the one who was always there, from the moment Biz entered the hospital last June due to complications from diabetes." Upon hearing the news, Joe would check in with her weekly to see how he could be of support— financially and emotionally.
Tara admitted that he was willing to pay any cost to ensure she and the rest of Biz's loved ones were taken care. After his passing, the "Make It Rain" rapper offered to cover funeral and memorial expenses, but Tara has "politely turned him down, but appreciates the gesture."
Tara also mentioned that other Hip-Hop comrades including Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Treach of Naughty By Nature also checked in on Biz, prior to his death.