Mercury Prize-nominated Nigerian British rapper, Ty, has passed away from COVID-19 at the age of 47.
The rapper’s, whose real name was Ben Chijioke, death was confirmed his reps to The Guardian on Thursday.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Ty after he was hospitalized with symptoms related to the coronavirus. According to the page, the artist was “put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate” and help his body get the proper treatment it needed. As of April 19th, it looked like Ty was doing much better and was out of the ICU.
Ty gained fame when he released his debut album, The Awkward. His sophomore effort, Upwards, was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Prize. After that, he went on to release three more albums and just last year, started a new hip-hop group, Kingdem, with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.
Blak Twang and other artists took to social media to express their condolences: