The entire hip hop world has a heavy heart as news of Prodigy from Mobb Deep’s passing has spread through social media. The legendary Queens rapper/producer was 42 years old.
The group’s publicist released a statement earlier today.
“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.”
Long respected as one of the best MC’s of his era, Prodigy had gone on to become an author in later years. We send our condolences to Prodigy’s fans, friends and family.