The rapper died on Thursday after contracting pneumonia while recovering from COVID-19, according to a GoFundMe account previously opened for him.
“It is with much sadness that I have to report the passing of Ben Chijioke, better known as TY Chijioke on the 7th May 2020, close friends, family and fans are devastated of his death,” an update for the campaign read.
“Since then TY’s condition had been improving but last week while on a normal ward he had contracted pneumonia which worsened his recovery and ultimately TY’s body couldn’t fight back anymore,” the page said. “This is a shock to everyone.
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.”
According to the page, the hip-hop star was hospitalised and placed in a medically-induced coma following “complications” surrounding the coronavirus.
An update made on April 19 said Ty was “doing much better” and had been moved out of the intensive care unit. In the fundraisers’ last post on April 19, friend Diane Laidlow wrote:
“Hey guys. Just to update you that TY is now out of the intensive care unit and is on a normal ward. He is doing much better. Super excited.”
During his life, TY bagged a nomination for the Mercury Prize for his acclaimed album “Upwards.”
Born in London in 1972, TY found stardom in 2001 with the release of his debut album “The Awkward.”
His second album “Upwards” was released in 2003 and earned him The Mercury Prize nomination in 2004.
He released his third LP, titled Closer, in 2006.
Last year, Ty formed the hip-hop supergroup Kingdem with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.
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