Fred The Godson has died due to complications associated with the coronavirus. 🙏
Earlier this month, Fred The Godson shared the news that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. "I’m in here with this Covid-19 shit! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!! #GodIsGreat," he captioned a photo showing him using a ventilator.
Later, on April 8, his wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, told News 12 Brooklyn that his condition was slightly improving. However, Fred ultimately succumbed to the virus on Thursday at 35 years old. He's survived by his wife as well as his two daughters.
Fred suffered from asthma, possibly amplifying the symptoms of the respiratory illness.
Fred The Godson, whose real name is Frederick Thomas, has been a respected rapper in New York and across the East Coast for many years.
Off the success of early mixtapes, his breakout moment came in 2011 when he appeared on the cover of the XXL Freshman issue, which showcased hip-hop stars like Kendrick Lamar, the late Mac Miller, Meek Mill, and YG.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="634"] 2011 XXL Freshman Cover[/caption]
Throughout his prolific career, Fred collaborated with Diddy, Meek, Pusha-T, Benny The Butcher, French Montana, Dave East, Jim Jones, and others.
Highlighting his consistent output, he dropped two new projects in just the first three months of 2020, including a solo release, Payback, and a collaborative joint with Jay Pharoah, Training Day.
Fred was also known for his effortless freestyles on New York radio. In 2017, he stopped by Funkmaster Flex and delivered several witty verses, racking up nearly three million views to date.
“You can rap, but I'm harder why? / I run up on ya Range turn into Lil' Wayne and give ya car the 5,” he raps near the beginning of his first verse, prompting a smile from Flex.
As news of Fred's death spread, several of his friends and peers paid tribute on social media.
Rest in peace.