British hip-hop veteran Ty—best known for his 2004-released, Mercury Prize-nominated album Upward—has died at the age of 47 after contracting coronavirus.

Born in London to Igbo-Nigerian parents, the rapper born Benedict Chijioke released his debut album, Awkward, in 2001, which showcased a quintessentially British take on American-styled boom-bap. Most impressively, Ty was revered highly for his storytelling, with early cuts like "Oh You Want More" earning him a very loyal following.

The news of Ty's condition came from a fundraiser that was launched in early April, which said that he was "admitted into the hospital with medical complications related to Covid-19. Shortly after, he was put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate to help his body receive the appropriate treatment."

After his condition began to improve, Chijioke was moved out of intensive care in mid-April, but following an update posted on his fundraising page, organiser Diane Laidlaw said: "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... close friends, family and fans are devastated of his death."

The British music scene took to Twitter to pay their respects: 

R.I.P. to a true legend.

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