By Laura Fox For Mailonline ￼, updated ￼
Ty has died at the age of 47 after contracting .
The rapper’s death was confirmed by his team on Thursday after he was hospitalised and placed in a medically-induced coma following ‘complications’ surrounding the virus.
Ty – real name born Ben Chijioke – was previously nominated for the Mercury Prize for his acclaimed album Upwards.
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A fundraising page explained Ty was admitted to hospital with medical complications related to the coronavirus.
The star was then placed into a medically-induced coma, and later put on a ventilator, but was moved out of intensive care after his condition improved.
In the fundraisers’ last post on April 19, friend Diane Laidlow said: ‘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.’
Ty first shot to prominence in 2001 with his debut album The Awkward, and his second album Upwards was nominated for The Mercury Prize in 2004.
He went onto release three more albums with his last being A Work Of Heart in 2018.
Last year Ty also formed a supergroup called Kingdem featuring rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P.
The rap superstar also collaborated with artists including Soweto Kinch, De La Soul and Roots Manuva.
Since Ty’s passing many stars have paid tribute on social media, with Roots Manuva writing: ‘Rest my Brother. You did good.’
Blak Twang posted: ‘KING ”BENEDICT OBIOMA GODWIN EVERY LITTLE STEP IS A SOVEREIGN” Forever in my heart bro… Rest well my guy… we were blessed with your greatness.’
Ghetts simply posted: ‘Ty fly high my brother,’ while Roots Manuva posted: ‘Rest my brother. You did good.’
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Fresh calls to shield ethnic minority staff from the NHS front line as BAME people are up to four times more likely to die of coronavirus By and
Medical leaders made fresh calls for black and other ethnic minority staff to be redeployed from the front line after they were found to be up to four times as likely to die from the virus on Wednesday.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the risk of dying was 4.2 times higher for black men and 4.3 times for black women compared with white people of a similar age.
Bangladeshi or Pakistani men were 3.6 times as likely to die and Bangladeshi or Pakistani women 3.5 times, the data showed.
The risk was 2.7 times higher for Indian men and 2.4 times for Indian women, although statisticians said the figures for all groups were partly due to ‘socio-economic’ deprivation.
Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff should ask to be moved from the front line if they felt endangered.
Describing the figures as ‘difficult’ and ‘distressing’, she added: ‘They show that our fears that disproportionate numbers of nursing staff, as well as patients, from black and Asian communities are dying from the virus are well-founded.
‘We are calling for all BAME healthcare staff who feel they may be at high risk – whether because of diabetes, heart disease or simply because they don’t have adequate PPE [personal protective equipment] – to ask their managers for urgent risk assessments , and if necessary to be deployed away from the front line.’
Around one in three doctors and one in five nurses are BAME, and many work in intensive care and other high risk areas.
The ONS said that once ‘sociodemographic’ factors had been taken into account, black men and women were up to 1.9 times more likely to die and Bangladeshi or Pakistani men and women 1.8 times more likely.
Scientists believe many reasons contribute to the higher death rates, including that people in BAME groups are more likely to be key workers.
Some ethnic groups are more at risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.