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British-Nigerian rapper TY Ben Chijioke dies of coronavirus

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British-Nigerian rapper Ty Ben Chijioke has died of coronavirus complications.

He was 47 years old.

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The rapper’s death was confirmed by his team on Thursday.

He was hospitalised after contracting the virus and placed in a medically-induced coma.

A fundraising to fund his medical bill was closed on 19 April when he appeared to be recovering after leaving the ICU.

Ty first shot to prominence in 2001 with his The Awkward.

His second album Upwards was nominated for The Mercury Prize in 2004.

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He went onto release three more albums with his last being A Work Of Heart in 2018.

Last year Ty also formed a supergroup called Kingdem featuring rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.

The rap superstar also collaborated with artists including Soweto Kinch, De La Soul and Roots Manuva.

Ty was born in London to Nigerian Igbo parents.

However, he spent many years of his youth growing up with private foster parents in Jaywick, Essex as reported in a 2019 Channel 4 News feature by Symeon Brown.–Daily Mail

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