Fred the Godson has passed away due to coronavirus complications at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
On Friday, publicist Matthew Conaway confirmed the rapper’s death to The New York Times. While the newspaper lists his age as 41, other outlets have reported him to have been 35.
The Bronx-born MC — who collaborated with Jadakiss on the 2011 song “Toast to That” — announced his diagnosis and hospitalization on April 6.
“I’m in here wit this Corvus 19 ----!” he wrote over an Instagram pic of him wearing an oxygen mask. “Please keep me in y’all prayers!!!! #godisgreat.”
Five days before, the musician shared an affirmation with his fans, telling them, “Through it all we all are still ‘BLESSED.’”
After news of Fred’s death broke, several members of the hip-hop community paid their respects.
“He was really committed to the wittiness and the bar work — he stood on that,” close friend and fellow MC Justin Harrell told The Times.
“His wordplay was INCREDIBLE,” DJ Clark Kent exclaimed on his IG page. “He was easily one of the most dangerous MC’s around.”
In 2011, Fred was named a member of XXL magazine’s Freshman Class, a prestigious list of rap up-and-comers. Others on the list included Kendrick Lamar, YG, Meek Mill and the late Mac Miller.
He is survived by his wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, and two daughters.
Our condolences go out to his family for their tragic loss.