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Rapper Prince Markie Dee Died at 52 — New Details Revealed of His Last Days

Lois Oladejo
Feb 22, 2021
07:50 P.M.
One of America's most influential rappers, Prince Markie Dee, passed away at age 52. Here are details with insights into his last days on earth.

The entertainment industry was rocked by the tragic and sudden death of one of its icons—Prince Markie Dee—on Thursday. He was 52.

Insiders confirmed that the deceased had cardiovascular issues, which he did not treat for a long time. Markie's close friend and manager, Louie Gregory, backed up this claim by explaining what happened shortly before the tragedy.

"Fat Boys" members Damon Wimbley, Mark Anthony Morales, and Daren Robinson at the Grammy Awards on March, 1988.| Photo: Getty Images.

"Fat Boys" members Damon Wimbley, Mark Anthony Morales, and Daren Robinson at the Grammy Awards on March, 1988.| Photo: Getty Images.

Gregory revealed that the rapper visited the hospital after noticing some swelling in his hands and feet. When the diagnosis came out, the entertainer was required to get a stent to help with the blockage in his heart.

Sadly, the procedure was delayed leaving Markie to suffer sudden death. There is no compiled autopsy from the Miami-Dade county medical officer yet, but rumor has it that loved ones suspect he died from a heart attack.


Although close associates understood that the deceased was careless concerning his health issues, Gregory mentioned that barely five days before Markie's death, he noticed a change in his buddy's behavior during a FaceTime conversation.

The manager maintained that the rapper was in high hopes of reinventing his acting career via LL Cool J's assistance. Cool J is also a rapper and an actor.

Markie later branched into music production, and he did an excellent job by working with A-list singers.


Markie's death shocked everyone, including his family, friends, and fans. However, his legacy leaves a permanent print in the hearts of his fans, and it will be impossible to erase it.

Those acquainted with his music style would recollect that he premiered into the entertainment scenes as a member of a group named "The Fat Boys." They were initially called "Disco 3" until 1980.


It comprised of three rap geniuses—Mark Anthony Morales, popularly called "Prince Markie Dee," Damon "Kool-Rock-Ski" Wimbley, and Darren "Buff Love" Robinson.

These rap legends were notable for employing beatboxing in their songs. They debuted their first album in 1984 and achieved massive success with it.

The album was certified gold by RIAA, and it did well on the Billboard album charts as it emerged No. 48 among 200 other albums on the chart.


Consecutively, their albums were warmly received by fans, topped the Billboard charts, and the trio gained credibility among other artists of their time.

Markie later branched into music production, and he did an excellent job by working with A-list singers like Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige.

The 52-year-old may be gone, but he is indeed not forgotten. His life's works, achievements, and relationships built during his lifetime will be reasons to keep his memory.


Like the music producer, a host of other famous faces died this year, like actors Christopher Plummer, Cicely Tyson, and British war veteran Captain Sir Thomas Moore. Despite their deaths, they hold unique places in the hearts of many due to their tremendous achievements.

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