Rapper Ty, born Ben Chijioke, has died aged 47 after being hospitalised with coronavirus complications. Back in April a fundraiser was set up by the rapper’s friend Diane Laidlaw, who kept fans up to date with his progress.
She said Ty had been “admitted into the hospital with medical complications related to Covid-19.”
She added he was put “in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate to help his body receive the appropriate treatment”.
A following update said the rapper had moved out of the intensive care unit and onto a ward while continuing to recovery.
Broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala confirmed the news of Ty’s death on social media in a tribute this evening.
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Alongside a picture of the pair with the likes of Noel Clarke and Naughty Boy, she wrote: “It breaks my heart to have to share this. I had been waiting for @tymusic to recover before using this pic of our crew celebrating him.
“It’s now a tribute photo on a devastating day. We are all in shock and trying to process this news. Ty was our boy our whole lives. RIEP.”
She added of her pal: “He always had any live music audience eating out of the palm of his hand but @tymusic was also a UK hip hop pioneer who supported new,young musicians.
“A community activist who spoke up for communities all around him, he was a nucleus of talent and love and the culture loved him.”
Rapper Ghetts said on Instagram: “RIP TY, this ones deep I had a lot of respect for ty one of the first from the older generation to embrace me and show me love fly high ty.”
To date, 30,615 have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus. Over three million people have been affected by the disease worldwide.
Ty released his debut album The Awkward in 2001.
Two years later he released his album Upwards and was nominated for a Mercury Prize award the following year.
Last year, he teamed up with Blak Twang and Rodney P for The King Dem tour.
In an interview with Skiddle the same year
, he said he believes their is a lack of appreciation for Hip Hop music.