Today is a sad day in the hip-hop world, as it was just confirmed that Prodigy, one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep has died at age 42. According to Pitchfork, Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas after a performance and passed away a few days later.
Born Albert Johnson, the "Shook Ones" rapper suffered from a sickle cell anemia disease since birth, but the cause of his death is still unknown.
His publicist released a statement this morning, stating, "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."
Members of the hip-hop community have expressed their grief via social media. Look at their posts below.