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Tributes Pour In As British-Nigerian Rapper ‘TY’ Ben Chijioke Dies Of COVID-19

File: Rapper Ben Chijioke. Picture: [email protected]


British rapper Ty, who was nominated for the distinguished Mercury music prize, has died after contracting coronavirus, in response to a fundraising web page set as much as assist him.

Stars together with Roots Manuva paid tribute to the 47-year-old Londoner, actual title Ben Chijioke, who died on Thursday.

Ty launched his debut album “Awkward” in 2001, the primary of 5. His follow-up, “Upward”, was nominated for the Mercury in 2004 alongside Amy Winehouse.

Roots Manuva, who collaborated with the rapper, tweeted on Thursday: “Rest my Brother. You did good.”

DJ Gilles Peterson mentioned Ty “was a huge part in the development of hip hop and spoken word in this country”.

“An original no nonsense voice, always sharp, always witty. Today’s generation of rappers owe him a lot — a true gate opener. RIP,” he tweeted.

The dying of Ty, who was born right into a Nigerian household, was introduced on a fundraising web page set as much as assist him when he fell sick.

His supervisor didn’t reply to a request for remark from AFP.

Fundraising web page organiser Diane Laidlaw mentioned Ty was admitted to hospital with problems associated to COVID-19, and was put in a medically-induced coma.

He awoke and gave the impression to be getting higher however final week contracted pneumonia in hospital, and died on Might 7.

“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,” Laidlaw wrote.

“But right now they would value having their privacy, so they can mourn privately.”


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