In early April, a fundraiser was set up for the rapper, born Ben Chijioke, after he 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."
Ty's condition then reportedly improved, with the artist being moved out of intensive care in mid-April. However, his passing was confirmed to the media today.
Ty's 2003 sophomore effort Upwards earned him a nod for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2004, with the rapper going up against the likes of Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol and Franz Ferdinand, the latter of whom eventually won the award.
After Upwards, Ty returned in 2006 with his album Closer, which featured the such artists as De La Soul, Taylor McFerrin and Arrested Development's Speech.
Ty's final solo album, A Work of Heart, arrived in 2018, though last year he joined the KingDem project alongside fellow U.K. MCs Rodney P and Blak Twang.
I'm so sad about the news that @tymusic passed away today. He was a huge part in the development of Hip Hop and spoken word in this country. An original no nonsense voice always sharp always witty. todays generation of rappers owe him a lot - a true gate opener. RIP— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) May 7, 2020
Rest my Brother. You did good. @tymusic— Roots Manuva (@rootsmanuva) May 7, 2020
Ty fly high my brother ❤️— GHETTS (@THEREALGHETTS) May 7, 2020
Rest in peace Ty. Rapper, poet, activist and one of the finest talents the United Kingdom has ever produced. Your music will live forever oga— Ghostpoet (@ghostpoet) May 7, 2020