British rapper Ty,
real name Ben Chijioke, has died from complications due to the novel
coronavirus. He was 47. The Nigerian British artist died after contracting pneumonia
while recovering from the virus, according to a GoFundMe set up for him.
“It is with much
sadness that I have to report the passing of Ben Chijioke, better known as TY
Chijioke on the 7th May 2020, close friends, family and fans are devastated of
his death,” an update for the campaign read.
gallery of British rapper Ty. R.I.P.
“Since then TY’s
condition had been improving but last week while on a normal ward he had
contracted pneumonia which worsened his recovery and ultimately TY’s body
couldn’t fight back anymore. This is a shock to everyone.” The hip-hop artist
was admitted to the hospital with “medical complications related to COVID-19”
in early April and “put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate” him
while in treatment, the statement said.
Born in London in
1972, Ty shot to fame with the release of his debut album, The Awkward in 2001.
He followed up the record with 2003’s Upwards.