Friday, May 8, 2020

Nigerian/British rapper Ben Chijioke dies from Coronavirus

Nigerian British artist and Mercury Prize-nominated rapper based in the U.K, Ben Chijioke has passed away from complications due to the novel coronavirus.

Chijioke, died on Thursday after contracting pneumonia while in recovery, according to a GoFundMe previously set up for him.

"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."

"The family would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has reached out and expressed their concern since he was admitted in hospital but right now they would value having their privacy, so they can mourn privately. They just need time to process."