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
He had long suffered from sickle cell anaemia. “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 hospitalised 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.
Prodigy first broke out onto the music scene with his partner, Havoc, forming Mobb Deep in their hometown New York City in the 1990s.
The duo participated in high profile feuds during their early years, and once had “beef” during the media-fueled East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry with Tupac and Biggie Smalls.