Brixton Buzz is saddened to learn that Brixton MC, producer and hip-hop artist Ben Chijioke – better known as Ty – died after a long battle with COVID-19.
Last month, we reported that a fundraiser was launched after Ty was admitted to hospital for medical complications related to Covid-19.
Shortly after, he was placed in a medically induced coma to temporarily put his body to sleep while he received the appropriate treatment.
There was hope that he would have overcome the worst after being withdrawn from intensive care and returned to normal duty.
Unfortunately, his death was confirmed today by one of his press teams. He was only 47 years old.
The Guardian listed some of his accomplishments:
He drew wider attention with 2003’s Upwards, a brighter and more commercial album which was nominated alongside Amy Winehouse and Streets for the Mercury Prize the following year – it was ultimately won by Franz Ferdinand.
He then recorded three other solo albums, the most recent being A Work of Heart in 2018.
In 2019, he formed a British hip-hop supergroup called Kingdem with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P, who performed acclaimed free style by DJ Charlie Sloth in the Booth series. Blak Twang wrote that he was “so numb” after Chijioke’s death.
Over the years, he has also collaborated with De La Soul, Soweto Kinch, Roots Manuva and more.
Fans and friends went on Twitter to pay tribute to Ty:
Fucking Corona. RIP Ty. This is horrible news. This man has done a lot for us. A true London legend. TEAR. Condolences to all his loved ones
– Snips (@snipstweets) May 7, 2020
You spoke for us.
You represented us.
You made us proud.
You were one of our best.
We will never forget you. pic.twitter.com/cyaN60ijaF
– Nels Abbey (@nelsabbey) May 7, 2020
Rest in peace Ty. You were one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. A huge huge loss. A huge loss. Devastated. So much love for his family. pic.twitter.com/UfgyAcFyaS
– Nikesh Shukla (@nikeshshukla) May 7, 2020
RIP Ty, legend of British hip-hop ❤️https: //t.co/e0SnTeGCcB
– Mixmag (@Mixmag) May 7, 2020
British rapper Ty died after battle with coronavirus https://t.co/X81eZPvJyJ
– Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 7, 2020