Rapper Fred the Godson has died from coronavirus, just two weeks after announcing he had tested positive to the virus. He was 35.
A representative for the South Bronx rapper — who released his new album, Paycheck, just last month — confirmed the sad news to Complex magazine.
The rapper, whose real name is Frederick Thomas, revealed his diagnosis on Instagram on April 6 by posting a selfie of himself wearing an oxygen mask.
“I’m in here wit this Corvus 19 s—! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!!! #godisgreat,” he had captioned his final photo on Instagram.
Days after he was hospitalised, his wife told hip-hop magazine XXL that the rapper would soon be on the road to recovery as doctors were weaning him off the ventilator.
“Fred is currently in the ICU. He is COVID-19 positive on a ventilator. However, he is progressing!” LeeAnn Jemmott told the publication on April 9. “Doctors already weaned him down from 100 per cent support to 40 per cent support of ventilation. He is fighting and he is winning.”
Jemmott did explain that it was still an uphill battle for her husband as his kidneys had been affected and required dialysis to clean out the toxins out of his blood. Tragically, it was a battle his body could not overcome.
The rapper’s friend and colleague DJ Clark Kent is one of the first to pay tribute on Instagram.
“His wordplay was INCREDIBLE. He was easily one of the most dangerous MC’s around,” the DJ wrote. “Lately he was battling this horrible virus. Today he lost the fight • Rest In Power To One Of My Favorite MC’s.”
Fred the rapper has collaborated with the likes of Diddy, Meek Mill, and Pusha-T. He is survived by his wife and their two young daughters.
Coronavirus: What you need to know
What are the symptoms of someone infected with coronavirus?
Coronavirus patients may experience flu like symptoms such as a fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?
The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar, as they both can cause fever and respiratory issues.
Both infections are also transmitted the same way, via coughing or sneezing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus.
The speed of transmission and the severity of the infection are the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu.
The time from infection to the appearance of symptoms is typically shorter with the flu. However, there are higher proportions of severe and critical COVID-19 infections.