R.I.P To Hip Hop Legend Prodigy

(via Billboard)

We have lost yet another hip hop legend. Prodigy of Mobb Deep has passed away at age 42. According to reports, he was found unconscious Tuesday (June 20) morning. His death came as a surprise to all.

Prodigy was just on tour last week for the Art of Rap tour in Las Vegas performing alongside Mobb Deep member Havoc. Fans and celebrities have mourned and paid their respects since the news of his death was confirmed. Prodigy was one of the rappers who came into the game and put his name in the hip hop history books. The Queens rapper was a beast on the mic. His storytelling abilities gave his flow flavor and made his music memorable.

Prodigy has battled sickle cell anemia since birth, but it is still unclear if the disease actually had anything to do with his death.

The PR for Mobb Deep released an official statement to XXL:

“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.”

Condolences to Prodigy’s family.