Ben ‘Ty’ Chijioke Wiki – Ben ‘Ty’ Chijioke Biography
a Mercury Prize-nominated rapper based in the U.K. — has reportedly passed away from complications due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Nigerian British artist, born Ben Chijioke, died on Thursday after contracting pneumonia while in recovery, according to a GoFundMe previously set up for Ty.
“It is with much sadness that I have to report the passing of Ben Chijioke, better known as TY Chijioke on the 7th May 2020, close friends, family and fans are devastated of his death,” an update for the campaign read.
“Since then 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,” the page said. “This is a shock to everyone.”
Ben ‘Ty’ Chijioke Age
Ty was a Nigerian descent from the Igbo family born on August 17, 1972, in London. His family moved from Nigeria to the UK. Before he died, he was 47-years-old.
Ben ‘Ty’ Chijioke Career(Music)
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.
But he fell in love with hip-hop and decided to pursue a career as an MC.
“They didn’t take to it very well at all,” he told the Independent in 2008 . “I knew that it was going to happen, but I just continued to do what I did – they just made me do it in secret.”
After finding a job as a sound engineer, he started recording in the mid-90s, appearing on tracks produced by IG Culture’s New Sector Movement and DJ Pogo, as well as hosting a hip-hop night called Lyrical Lounge.
He released his debut album Awkward in 2001, but it was Upwards – with its mixture of Afro-funk, Jamaican dub, Latin shuffles and dextrous wordplay – that brought him to mainstream attention.
The album showcased his relaxed, storytelling style, whether he was talking about relationship problems on Wait A Minute, or the more serious dilemma of gun crime on Rain.
He went on to record three further solo albums, the most recent being A Work of Heart in 2018, and collaborated with dozens of artists from afro-beat drummer Tony Allen to Soweto Kinch and US hip-hop outfit Arrested Development.
Ben ‘Ty’ Chijioke Awards
Ty’s second album, Upwards, was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2004. His third album, Closer, was released in 2006. It featured guest appearances from De La Soul, Speech, Bahamadia, and Zion I, among others.
Ben ‘Ty’ Chijioke Death and Cause
On May 7, 2020, Ty died at the age of 47 after contracting coronavirus.
The Guardian reported the news, saying the rapper’s death had been confirmed by his representatives. Chijioke had contracted the virus in March, was “admitted into the hospital with medical complications related to Covid-19,” according to a fundraising page set up for the rapper.
It continues, “Shortly after, he was put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate to help his body receive the appropriate treatment.” However, he was moved out of intensive care in mid-April after his condition improved and the fundraising page was shut down on April 19. The final post reads:
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. 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.