Coronavirus claims another star: Rapper Ty passes away at age 47

Coronavirus claims another star: Rapper Ty passes away at age 47

- British-Nigerian rapper, Ty, has died after contracting the coronavirus at age 47

- The Mercury Prize-nominated rapper, whose real name is Ben Chijioke, died after he was hospitalised and placed in a medically-induced coma

- Ty's team confirmed his death on Thursday, 7 May

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British-Nigerian rapper, Ty, has sadly become one of the lastest victims of Covid-19.

As the world continues to battle with the novel coronavirus, more deaths are being recorded. Rapper Ty, whose real name is Ben Chijioke, died at age 47, after contracting Covid-19.

According to a fundraising page set up to support him, Ty was admitted at a hospital after getting infected, and had been placed in an induced coma to help his body fight the infection.

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However, page organiser Diane Laidlaw has now confirmed his passing:

"The family would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has reached out and expressed their concern since he was admitted in hospital but right now they would value having their privacy, so they can mourn privately. They just need time to process."

Ty, who was born in London, released his debut album Awkward in 2001.

His second release, Upward, was nominated alongside Amy Winehouse and the Streets for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2004.

He went on to release three more albums and collaborate with artists including De La Soul and Roots Manuva.

British actor, Idris Elba, has since reacted to Ty's death, stating that he is broken by the news.

He wrote: "Rest in peace @tymusical UK hip hop pioneer. I’m broken by this man. I remember when we did a tune somewhere in back in the day, that was when I was doing first season of Luther and we talked about the Wire a lot. Prayers to your family ."

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