Prodigy, one half of famed Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, has died.
News of the 42-year-old rapper’s passing hit social media following an Instagram post from Nas. The group’s publicist confirmed his death in an exclusive statement to CASSIUS:
“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.”
Mobb Deep has been featured on the “Art of Rap” tour, along with fellow hip-hop veterans Ghostface Killah, KRS-One and Ice-T and the group gave what is believed to be Prodigy’s last performance on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
We will continue to update this story as additional information becomes available.