British Rapper Ty Dies from Coronavirus at Age 47 After Being Hospitalised and Placed In A Medically Induced Coma

RIP: Ty has died at the age of 47 after contracting coronavirus. The rapper’s death was confirmed by his team on Thursday

Ty has died at the age of 47 after contracting coronavirus.

The rapper’s death was confirmed by his team on Thursday after he was hospitalised and placed in a medically-induced coma following ‘complications’ surrounding the virus.

Ty – real name born Ben Chijioke – was previously nominated for the Mercury Prize for his acclaimed album Upwards.

A fundraising page explained Ty was admitted to hospital with medical complications related to the coronavirus.

The star was then placed into a medically-induced coma, and later put on a ventilator, but was moved out of intensive care after his condition improved.

In the fundraisers’ last post on April 19, friend Diane Laidlow said: ‘Hey guys. Just to update you that TY is now out of the intensive care unit and is on a normal ward. He is doing much better. Super excited.

‘I closed the page a few days ago but several people contacted me because they wanted to donate so I opened it again for a few days.’

Ty first shot to prominence in 2001 with his debut album The Awkward, and his second album Upwards was nominated for The Mercury Prize in 2004.

He went onto release three more albums with his last being A Work Of Heart in 2018.

Last year Ty also formed a supergroup called Kingdem featuring rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.

The rap superstar also collaborated with artists including Soweto Kinch, De La Soul and Roots Manuva.

Since Ty’s passing many stars have paid tribute on social media, with Roots Manuva writing: ‘Rest my Brother. You did good.’

Blak Twang posted: ‘KING ”BENEDICT OBIOMA GODWIN EVERY LITTLE STEP IS A SOVEREIGN” Forever in my heart bro… Rest well my guy… we were blessed with your greatness.’

Ghetts simply posted: ‘Ty fly high my brother,’ while  Roots Manuva posted: ‘Rest my brother. You did good.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Laura Fox