Prodigy, New York rap legend and one-half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep alongside Havoc, died in Las Vegas on Tuesday (June 20), a rep has confirmed to Billboard. The 42-year-old was hospitalized several days ago due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis, a disease he has battled since birth.
"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," a statement from the rep read. "We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this time."
News first spread of the rapper's passing from an Instagram post from Nas. "---- QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever," he wrote.