Albert Johnson, better known as one half of the hip-hop group Modd Deep's "Prodigy," has died at the age of forty-two in Las Vegas, Nevada. The influential rapper was in the hospital following a performance with complications caused by sickle-cell anemia prior to his death.
His publicist has released this statement:
"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."
Havoc, the other half of the group, as well as other celebrities have taken to social media to share their sadness about his passing