Rapper Fred the Godson Dead at 35 From COVID-19

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After a brief, but fierce battle with COVID-19, Bronx rapper Fred the Godson has died. He was only 35.


On April 6, he revealed he had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator after contracting the coronavirus. In recent weeks, his publicist confirmed that he had been battling kidney failure and a fever as high as 105 degrees, but hope remained he would be able to make a full recovery despite his increased risk due to his pre-existing chronic condition.

“I’m in here wit this [COVID-19] shit!” he posted on Instagram earlier this month. “Please keep me in y’all prayers!!!!”

As news of the Payback rapper’s death has begun to circulate, friends, fans and collaborators took to social media to offer their condolences.


Since breaking through as a member of XXL’s Freshman Class of 2011 among heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill, the underground sensation worked with everyone from Raekwon to Diddy as he cranked out project after project throughout the years.


In 2019 alone, he dropped God Level and the collaborative mixtape Gorilla Glue with Slaughterhouse alum Joell Ortiz. Yet despite critical acclaim, a nearly infinite pool of high-profile connections to draw from and a catalog that would embarrass some of your favorite rappers, the Payback rapper never received his just due as an artist.


Fred is survived by his two daughters and wife.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for y'all to stop putting sugar in grits.


Stupid people see a 2% death rate and think “That’s not that much...we can handle that” as if each person who got it would end up 2% dead. No, the dead are 100% dead, and to them, their parents and kids, lovers and friends, 100% dead is devastating.