Nas took to Instagram to break the news that Prodigy (real name Albert Johnson) of rap group Mobb Deep has passed away.
He was 42-years-old.
Over the years he’s dealt with various health issues — most notably sickle cell.
No other information is available at this point and his cause of death is unknown. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.
Update: According to the below statement from the group’s publicist, Prodigy was hospitalized in Las Vegas due to complications from sickle cell disease.
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.