R.I.P. Prodigy

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From Independent:

The rapper Prodigy, who made up one half of the group Mobb Deep, has died aged 42.

The hip hop star, whose real name is Albert Johnson, was on tour in Las Vegas performing with the “Art of Rap” tour alongside Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T, amongst others. Mobb Deep performed Saturday.

The artist suffered from health issues throughout his life, however it wasn’t immediately clear what the cause of death was. He had long suffered from sickle cell anaemia, a condition in which red blood cells contort into a sickle shape and die early, leaving a shortage of healthy red blood cells. The condition can lead to a painful blockage of blood flow.

“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”, his publicist said in a statement. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anaemia 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.”

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One thought on “R.I.P. Prodigy

  1. A rap icon gone too soon.

    Im sorry to hear about his unfortunate passing. A friend of mine also died of Sickle cell anemia several years ago.Ive seen him fighting the illness like a warrior but said that he was tired of fighting near the end of his life.He was 26 years old. Mobb was definitely a strong man to deal with the disease. He defied the odd as the medical ” experts” say that people who have the illness wont live to be 35.

    RIP .Mobb Deep.

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