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Ty, Mercury prize-nominated UK rapper, dies aged 47 of coronavirus

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Rapper, who recorded several acclaimed albums, died of pneumonia as he was being treated for coronavirus

Ty, the acclaimed UK hip-hop star who was nominated for the Mercury prize for his album Upwards, has died aged 47 after contracting coronavirus. His death was confirmed by one of his press team.

A fundraiser that was launched in early April said the rapper, born Ben Chijioke, 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”.

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