Mark Anthony Morales, a.k.a. Prince Markie Dee, who was best known for being a member of the Fat Boys, has died at age 52.
Morale’s manager, Louie "Uncle Louie" Gregory, broke the sad news on Thursday, February 18.
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
"Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends," Gregory wrote on Twitter.
"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."
Morales passed away suddenly on Thursday, according to SirusXM’s Rock The Bells, which is where the musician used to host a radio show. A cause of death has not been released.
The Fat Boys was made up of Morales; Darren Robinson, a.k.a. the Human Beatbox; and Damon Wimbley, a.k.a. Kool Rock Ski. However, Robinson died of a heart attack in 1995, which leaves Robinson as the only surviving member of the group, but he has not yet issued a statement on his bandmate's tragic passing.
The group was originally known as The Disco 3 before they changed their name. After they won a contest at Radio City Music Hall in 1983, their career took off, and they eventually became one of the most prominent rap acts of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
They even appeared in films such as Krush Groove and Disorderlies, and Morales had a successful career on his own when he released his solo album Free on Columbia with hits such as "Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)."
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Eminem was a known fan of the Fat Boys. "One of my childhood idols & favorite mc's of all time," the rapper dubbed Morales.
Rapper Fat Joe was also a Fat Boys fan and remembered Morales as "a great guy a Legend and pioneer."
Rock The Bells
Morales' Rock The Bells family paid tribute to the MC as his "voice and his presence can never be replaced."
Universal Hip Hop Museum
Wowwwwwww it has been brought to our attention that the legend Prince Markie Dee from the Fat Boys has passed away 😢— Universal Hip Hop Museum (@uhhmuseum) February 18, 2021
May you forever Rest In Peace 🙏🏾🌹
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We need to make this museum happen so we can preserve stories like Prince for years to come 💯 pic.twitter.com/DXeb3KN2Uh
The Universal Hip Hop Museum paid tribute to the artist ahead of their physical opening which is planned for 2024.
"Like they were so dope we just took them for granted. They did dope routines & dancesteps, albums went gold & platinum. Did movies & tv & commercials. They explored territories for the first time that today just seems like *yawn* a Tuesday," Questlove wrote on Instagram.
Pal Peter Rock said one last goodbye to Morales.