British Nigerian rapper Ty dies of coronavirus at age 47

British Nigerian rapper Ty dies of coronavirus at age 47

- British Nigerian rapper Ty has died after getting infected with coronavirus at age 47

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

- Ty's team confirmed his death on Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Music lovers and fans of British-Nigerian rapper, Ty, have been thrown into mourning following the tragic news of his passing.

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

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 said he died on May 7, 2020.

She wrote: "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."

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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 the news, stating that he is broken by the news of Ty's death.

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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 1st season of Luther and we talked about the Wire a lot. Prayers to your family ."

Still on coronavirus, barely a week after the death of Shehu of Bama, Borno state has lost one of its lawmakers, Umar Audi, who represented Bayo constituency at the state House of Assembly.

Audi was reported to have passed away on Tuesday evening, May 5, at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, The Cable reports.

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