The rap world is reeling from the sad news that Prodigy, one half of the iconic rap group Mobb Deep, passed away Tuesday after a short hospital stay in Las Vegas last week.
He was 42 years old.
While the cause of death is not yet confirmed, the rapper — real name Albert Johnson — had been battling complications stemming from sickle cell anemia. Before he was hospitalized, Prodigy was in Las Vegas to perform at the Art of Rap Tour with group member Havoc, Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, Onyx and more.
"Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis," the rapper's publicist wrote in a statement to rap publication XXL. "As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
News of Prodigy's death sent shock waves through the hip-hop community. As fans remembered classics like "Shook Ones" and "Quiet Storm," fellow rappers — including fellow Queens natives Russell Simmons and Nas — took to Instagram and Twitter to send their condolences to an old friend.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Prodigy's friends and family during this difficult time.