Last Tuesday morning, hip hop took a hit with the unexpected death of Prodigy, passing only at the age of 42. For y'all who don't know, Prodigy is 1/2 of the epic hip hop duo, Mobb Deep, a participant in the East vs West coast battles and alongside other legends such as Biggie Smalls, Nas & Wu Tang Clan.
According to his publicist, Prodigy died from complications with his battle of sickle cell anemia.
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. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. 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.