US singer, rapper and songwriter Marshall Bruce Mathers, known professionally as Eminem, paid rich tribute to fellow musician Mark Anthony Morales aka Prince Markie Dee who died at the age of 52.
The Without Me singer took to Twitter and said, “So sad 2 hear of the legendary PrinceMarkieDee of the Fat Boys' passing.”
He further said, “One of my childhood idols & favorite mc's of all time. Left us way 2 soon. He will truly be missed.”
Mark Anthony Morales, best known by the stage name Prince Markie Dee, passed away at the age of 52 on Thursday.
Louis Gregory, the longtime friend and colleague of the musician, confirmed Morales death on social media.
Gregory tweeted, “Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends.”
He further said, “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.”
No cause of death has been announced.
Morales was among the pioneers of hip-hop group The Fat Boys in mid 80s.