Fred the Godson has died after his battle with coronavirus.
The 35-year-old Bronx rapper first revealed his diagnosis earlier this month. He was placed on a ventilator and was showing some signs of improvement, but his health deteriorated in recent days before he succumbed to the deadly disease.
Fred’s last Instagram post was a photo of him in the hospital with an oxygen mask from April 6. “I’m in here wit this Corvus 19 shit! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!!! 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 #godisgreat,” he wrote.
In a recent interview, his wife LeeAnn Jemmott expressed her concern after being told by a doctor that her husband might not make it. “It was just like — he’s gone and he’s gonna die, that’s it,” she told the Bronx’s News 12. “I don’t even know how I felt, I just felt like I was going to die.”
Fred was a prominent figure in New York rap for over a decade. The former XXL Freshman, who collaborated with Diddy, Meek Mill, and Pusha-T, released two projects this year—his solo effort Payback and Training Day, a joint album with Jay Pharoah.
But he was more than just a rapper. He was also a father to two young daughters. “We need him like he is our strength, he is our good vibes, our positivity,” said his wife.
In the wake of his death, friends including Nas, French Montana, and Fat Joe have penned tributes to him on social media. “God have mercy on his soul for he was a good man, a family man as loyal as they come,” said Fat Joe. “I pray that you with PUN and the fellas tell them we gavem hell out here in the world.”
Rest In Peace Fred the Godson 🙏🏽
— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) April 23, 2020
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My little brother ooooh how sad am i, i prayed and prayed and prayed for you all night long. So many dreams so many conversations so many great times we had. I am in shock to say the least i love you soooooooo much little brother it’s been years since i felt this pain. I always wanted the best for you, i played you all my important songs to get your feed back i respect you so much as an artist. Why the GOOD die young i was soooooooo proud of you little brother. Maybe now the world will pay attention to your greatness you was always my favorite. God have mercy on his soul for he was a good man , a family man as loyal as they come. I pray that you with PUN and the fellas tell them we gavem hell out here in the world. God bless your wife your family your kids and my brother Arsonist i know Fred loves you and to the whole Hip Hop community we lost an incredible talent one of the last Mohegans 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
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My heart is so broken right now, my big bro @fredthegodsonmusic just passed away due to the coronavirus and he was only 35. Loved him and his love for the craft of lyricism, he was a rarity in the rap game. He was a humble, sweet, driven individual and I'm honored to even have been introduced to his work let alone work with him. My condolences go out to his pham, I can only imagine what they are feeling right now. We lost a real one today, and a true BARbarian in the booth… sleep well my brother😢😢😢😢 #fredthegodson #RIP