Ty dies of coronavirus – Mercury Prize-nominated rapper dies aged 47

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Ty died of a coronavirus, his team confirmed.

The rapper nominated for the Mercury Prize, whose real name was Ben Chijioke, died at the age of 47.

He was admitted to hospital in early April after showing signs of the virus.

A fundraising page has been set up indicating that he was “admitted to hospital with medical complications related to Covid-19.

“Shortly after, he was placed in a medically induced coma to be temporarily sedated to help his body receive the proper treatment. “

The page was last updated on April 19 and suggested that Ty was recovering after his withdrawal from intensive care.



Rapper nominated for Mercury Prize dies of coronavirus


Her second album Upwards was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Prize

Ty became famous when he released his first album The Awkward in 2001.

His second album Upwards was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Prize, which was finally won by Franz Ferdinand for their eponymous album.

The musician then released three other albums, the most recent being A Work of Heart in 2018.



Ty’s last album was A Work of Heart in 2018

Last year, he formed a British hip-hop supergroup called Kingdem with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.

He has also collaborated with artists such as De La Soul, Soweto Kinch and Roots Manuva.

Many rappers have paid homage to Ty on social media.



Other rappers paid tribute to Ty

Blak Twang said he was “so numb” by tweeting a chain of broken-hearted emojis.

Ghetts wrote on Instagram: “RIP TY. These deep, I had a lot of respect for Ty, one of the first of the older generation to kiss me and show me love flying high. “

“Rest my brother. You did well, ”said Roots Manuva.

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