Nigerian-British Rapper TY dies of coronavirus at 47

Nigerian -British rapper TY has died aged 47 after contracting coronavirus.

The rapper was known for a witty, mature style that owed more to the old-school US rappers than the grittier street sounds of London.

Born Ben Chijioke in London in 1972, he grew up with his sister in a strict household where he was expected to become a doctor or a lawyer.

The rapper contracted coronavirus earlier this year, and a fundraising page set up in April said he had been “put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate to help his body receive the appropriate treatment”.

He later left intensive care after his condition seemingly improved, but on Thursday, his press team confirmed he had died.

In 2004, his second album, Upwards, was nominated for the Mercury Prize alongside Amy Winehouse, The Streets and eventual winners Franz Ferdinand.

His death was mourned by stars including Ghetts, Manny Norte and Roots Manuva.

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