Prince Markie Dee, a member of the iconic rap trio The Fat Boys, has passed away at age 52.
Thursday on Twitter, the band’s manager Louis Gregory confirmed the rapper’s death, which happened one day before Dee’s 53rd birthday.
“Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends,” Gregory wrote. “My heart breaks today because I lost a brother. I’ll always love you Mark and I’ll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro.”
Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends. My heart breaks today because I lost a brother. I’ll always love you Mark and I’ll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro. pic.twitter.com/XcIsHixOoc— Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory (@UncleLouie) February 18, 2021
Rock the Bells, a SiriusXM station where Dee had been a host, also confirmed the tragic news.
Dee’s cause of death has yet to be publicly disclosed.
In addition to Dee (né Mark Anthony Morales), The Fat Boys comprised Damon Wimbley, aka Kool Rock Ski, and Darren Robinson, aka the Human Beatbox, who sadly passed away in 1995.
Originally known as The Disco 3, The Fat Boys released a slew of albums in the 1980s, including 1987’s “Crushin’,” which offered hits such as “Falling In Love” and “Wipeout” featuring The Beach Boys.
In the ’90s, Dee embarked on a solo career, and released his debut album “Free” in 1992.
He would later go on to write and produce songs for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Craig Mack, and Marc Anthony, and host his own radio show, called “The Prince Markie Dee Show.”
After news of Dee’s passing went viral, numerous celebrities, including our very own Loni Love, paid their respects on social media.
So sad 2 hear of the legendary @PrinceMarkieDee of the Fat Boys' passing. One of my childhood idols & favorite mc's of all time. Left us way 2 soon. He will truly be missed.— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 19, 2021
Our condolences go out to Prince’s family and loved ones for their loss.