New York rapper dies of complications related to sickle cell anemia

Prodigy died at the age of 42.

Mobb DeepA member of New York City’s hip-hop  Mobb Deep, died Tuesday at the age of 42.

Mobb Deep’s publicist confirmed the rapper’s death in a statement to Rolling Stone.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

On Instagram, Prodigy’s longtime Mobb Deep partner, Havoc, posted two photos in remembrance, one of which carried the simple message: “Forever.”

Other members of the hip-hop community have also posted tributes to Prodigy online, including Nas, Lil Wayne, Ghostface Killah, Q-TipMethod ManWiz Khalifa, Big Boi and Questlove.

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