Earlier this month, New York rapper Fred The Godson he was one of many New Yorkers who had been battling COVID-19. His wife told XXL that his condition had been improving after he was initially admitted to the hospital on April 7th but in the days since, his manager told outlets that while the Payback rapper’s vitals had improved, his kidneys were not working.
On Thursday (Apr. 23), New York rappers, fans, and more took to social media to announce that the Bronx rapper had passed away from COVID-19. He was 35.
Hailed as one of the next great NYC rappers, Fred’s talents landed him a spot on the lauded XXL Freshman Class cover of 2011 featuring the late Mac Miller, Lil B, Big K.R.I.T., YG, Kendrick Lamar and others. See the reaction from some of Gordo’s peers and more on his sudden death.