British rapper Ty dies from coronavirus, aged 47

British rapper Ty dies from coronavirus, aged 47

London rapper Ben Chijioke aka Ty has died from Covid-19 at the age of 47.

Alongside his music career, Chijioke was also a member of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, dedicated to the power of spoken word performance.

In March, Chijioke had been placed in an intensive care unit after contracting Covid-19, however weeks later his condition improved and he was moved to a normal ward.

Ty released his debut solo album Awkward on Big Dada in 2001; his second LP Upwards was nominated for a 2003 Mercury prize.