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New York rap legend Prodigy – one-half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep alongside Havoc, has passed away.

According to several reports, the 42-year-old was hospitalized in Las Vegas several days ago due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis, a disease he has battled since birth.

‘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,’ a statement from the rep read. ‘We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.’

News first spread of the rapper’s passing from an Instagram post from Nas. ‘QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever,’ he wrote.

?? QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever

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The exact cause of death is yet to be determined.

He was on tour in Las Vegas when he died.

This story will be updated as details become available.

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New York rap legend Prodigy – one-half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep alongside Havoc, has passed away. According to several reports, the 42-year-old was hospitalized in Las Vegas several days ago due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis, a disease he has battled since birth. ‘It is with...