Prodigy, 42, one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep, died in Las Vegas on Tuesday due to complications from sickle cell anemia.
In a statement released to Rolling Stone, his publicist said. “It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep.”
The statement says that after a Mobb Deep performance in Las Vegas, Prodigy was hospitalized “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.”
“As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth,” the statement continues. “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.”
Prodigy and his partner, Havoc, who grew up together in Queens, New York, initially broke into hip-hop in 1992, releasing a demo under the name Poetical Prophets. Their music is described as a “raw, vivid and vicious distillation of East Coast gangsta rap.”
Over the weekend, Mobb Deep was part of the Art of Rap tour in Vegas, which also included performances by Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T. Mobb Deep reportedly performed on Saturday night.
Havoc posted two photos of his late partner on Instagram Tuesday. The first read simply, “Forever.”
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