British rapper Ty dies from COVID-19 aged 47

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8th May 2020 – (London) Acclaimed UK rapper Ty, best known for his 2003 album Upwards, has died from coronavirus at age 47.

A fundraiser that was launched in early April said the rapper, born Ben Chijioke, was “admitted into the hospital with medical complications related to Covid-19. Shortly after, he was put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate to help his body receive the appropriate treatment”, The Guardian reported.

According to a GoFundMe set up by a close friend, Ty left the intensive care unit on 19th April.

The page raised US$20,000 for the rapper and his family but has not been updated since then.

Ben Chijioke (17 August 1972 – 7 May 2020), better known by his stage name Ty, was a British rapper. He released the albums Awkward (2001), Upwards (2004), Closer (2006), Special Kind of Fool (2010) and A Work of Heart (2018). Upwards was nominated for a Mercury Prize.Ty collaborated with musicians such as Shortee Blitz, Drew Horley, and Tony Allen.

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