Too often, people want to pull the trigger on celebrity news regarding their passing.
Biz Markie is the latest victim of gossip that spread like wildfire and news regarding his death began to circulate, and news outlets were reporting that he had passed away.
Within an hour, those close to Biz surfaced to condemn the rumors .
"Folks, @BizMarkie has NOT died," tweeted journalist Roland Martin. "I have been in contact with sources who are texting and talking to his wife. My source talked to Biz TODAY. Per his wife, Biz HAS NOT passed away. Please stop responding to non-credible sources. This hurts the family, friends and fans."
News outlets began deleting their articles about Biz Markie's death.
"The news of Biz Markie's passing is not true. Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best healthcare possible. Biz's wife and family are touched by the outpouring of love and admiration from his friends, peers and fans alike. At this time, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
This type of trying to be first in condolences lead to a massive backlash when DMX was hospitalized. Biz Markie is being treated in a hospital and though his status is unknown to post condolences at this moment would be wrong to say the least.
One can honor the man and his work without trying to be first on the hashtag to offer best wishes. The family appreciates support, but are looking negatively on condolences.