We just learned at LAMBO XTRA of the sad news of Nigerian-British artist Ben Chijioke, professonally known as TY has died.
The rapper had been battling with the novel Coronavirus and it was thought that he’d overcome the pandemic having emerged from intensive care unit last month.
He had been admitted into the hospital eith medical complications related to COVID-19 and shortly after, he was put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate him jn order to help his body receive the appropriate treatment.
Early last month Diane Laidlaw closed the fundraising page that was set up with update on April 19 that suggest TY had a way to to before he will be back to full strenght, he was on the mend.
“Hey guys. Just to update you that TY is now out of the intensive care unit and is on a normal ward. He is doing much better. Super excited.” The post reads.
“I closed the page a few days ago but several people contacted me because they wanted to donate so I opened it again for a few days. We have officially closed it now. Thank you guys.”
Upon setting up the fundraising page Laidlaw wrote: “Ben is a close friend of mine and a god-father to my son. If I was to know anything about TY is that he would give you his last penny if he had it to give. Always donating his time and energy to anyone that needs it.”
She added: “I have set up this page so when he comes out he won’t have to ask for ANYTHING. The only thing he needs to do is rest and recover. TY has been a beacon in helping the community, now he needs the community to be a beacon for him.”
As you will see on his Bandcamp platform where the artist housed all of his available music, Ty was ‘best known for his lyrical frankness and honest portrayals of everyday life, setting him aside from many mainstream hip hop acts and allowing him complete artistic independence’.
Across social networks fellow musicians, fans and peers from the industry shared their sorrow at the loss of a loved and respected MC and human being.
Echoing the sentiments being expressed Ghetts wrote on Instagram: “RIP TY, this ones deep I had a lot of respect for ty one of the first from the older generation to embrace me and show me love fly high ty.”
Thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.