Prince Markie Dee Dead At 52
By Alec Banks
Prince Markie Dee, Fat Boys member, producer and Rock The Bells radio host, has died. Details have not been provided as to a cause of death. The star was 52 years old.
Prince Markie Dee (born Mark Morales) was a founding member of famed rap trio The Fat Boys, who became a multiplatinum success in the mid-1980s with hits like "Stick 'Em" and "Can You Feel It." After the group's breakup, Dee resurfaced as a successful writer/producer for Uptown Records, working with such artists as Father MC and, most notably, Mary J. Blige. Dee co-wrote Blige's 1992 hit "Real Love" and worked extensively on her debut album What's the 411?
In 1993, he formed his own band, Prince Markie Dee & The Soul Convention, and released his debut album, Free. The album combined soul and Hip-Hop elements and featured the R&B hit "Swing My Way."
In subsequent years, Prince Markie Dee worked with a string of major pop stars including Jennifer Lopez and Destiny's Child. He began work as a radio DJ and became a prominent part of the Rock The Bells family as radio host.
Our condolences to the family of Mark Morales.