Prodigy, New York rap legend and one-half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep alongside Havoc, has passed away, a rep has confirmed to Billboard. The 42-year-old was hospitalized in Las Vegas 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." continue reading