The coronavirus pandemic claimed another celebrity this week. Bronx rapper and hip-hip radio personality Frederick Thomas passed away on Thursday at the age of 35, Variety reports.
Known by the stage name Fred the Godson, Thomas was hospitalized for COVID-19 earlier in the month, according to NPR. A picture of him alert, but on a ventilator, was posted to his Instagram account prior to his untimely death.
Wife remained optimistic
The New York City rapper’s wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, talked to News 12 in Brooklyn about how she reacted upon being told of her husband’s diagnosis earlier in his battle with the illness.
“It was just like — he’s gone and he’s gonna die, that’s it. I don’t even know how I felt, I just felt like I was going to die,” Jemmott recalled to the outlet.
Speaking for herself and the couple’s two daughters, she insisted, “We need him like he is our strength, he is our good vibes, our positivity.
“Don’t just assume they are going to die. Because that’s all we are hearing is people dying, dying, dying. He’s winning, he’s winning,” Jemmott added optimistically, according to News 12.
Unfortunately, those hopes were subsequently dashed, leading actor and Saturday Night Live veteran Jay Pharoah to extend his condolences on Twitter.
“Jesus my heart is so heavy right now, just found out we lost my bro,” the comedian lamented in a tweet he posted on Thursday afternoon.
“Literally just did a project with him in December and he was such a good dude,” the artist continued, adding, “I remember us connecting so fast because of our love for lyricism, I’m so PH—ED up right now.”
Virus takes toll on music industry
Thomas wasn’t the only musician to have his life cut short recently by COVID-19. Country star Joe Diffie also passed away from complications stemming from the virus, according to CMT.
The singer and songwriter known for such hits as “John Deere Green” and “Pickup Man” died in Nashville on March 29, CMT reported. However, some have claimed that coronavirus wasn’t the actual cause of his death, prompting his widow, Tara Terpening Diffie, to release a statement.
“There have been some untrue statements about my late husband that are false and hurtful,” Mrs. Diffie said, according to TIME magazine. “Joe did not have lung cancer and was a healthy, loving father, husband, and friend. He also kept a very busy touring schedule and loved his fans who’ve supported him all these years.”