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Frederick Thomas AKA Fred the Godson Dies of COVID-19 at 35

Claudine Varela
Apr 24, 2020
01:24 A.M.
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35-year-old Bronx rapper Fred the Godson died of COVID-19 after weeks of battling the virus. Several celebrity rappers mourned his death.


Celebrities are mourning the loss of Rapper Fred the Godson who died due to COVID-19. The 35-year-old Bronx native succumbed to the virus on April 23 after contracting it earlier this month.

“Maybe now the world will pay attention to your greatness you was always my favorite.”

Rapper Fred The Godson at the Slowbucks TV re-launch in January 2012. | Photo: Getty Images

Rapper Fred The Godson at the Slowbucks TV re-launch in January 2012. | Photo: Getty Images


News of Fred testing positive first hit headlines when he revealed his condition in an Instagram post on April 6.

“I’m in here with this COVID-19 [expletive]” he captioned a photo showing him breathing with a ventilator in the hospital. He also asked for prayers.


Shortly after, Fred’s wife, LeeAnn Jemmott spoke to Bronx’s News 12 to give an update about her husband’s condition. In a state of despair, she said it wasn’t looking good.

“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.”

Fred's health seemed to be improving later when he showed progress with the ventilator. Instead of relying on it 100% to breathe, LeeAnn said it tapered down to 70%.


Since Fred’s passing, friends in the rap industry have been pouring out their love and grief. Fat Joe’s heartbreaking tribute expressed his shock and immense pain learning of Fred’s death at such a young age.

“I always wanted the best for you…I was soooooooo proud of you little brother,” he wrote to caption a photo of the two of them. “Maybe now the world will pay attention to your greatness you was always my favorite,” he added.


Meanwhile, DJ Self shared images of Fred and wrote, “Was loved by many never heard one bad thing about you RIP @fredthegodsonmusic Sleep Well my brother.”

Harlem MC Jaquae swore never to forget Fred. “LOVE U MAN. I have so much things to say but I’m lost right now,” he added.

Fred, whose real name is Frederick Thomas, has been rapping for over a decade but had never signed with any label. He released several albums and mixtapes and in the past three years, managed to release more than 50 tracks. His final works were a solo project this year and a collaboration with Jay Pharaoh.

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