The rap world was stunned Tuesday by the untimely death of Mobb Deep member Prodigy (aka Albert Johnson). But what really killed the rapper?
The entire rap world is now grieving the loss of Mobb Deep half Prodigy, a staple of 90s-era New York hip-hop. But as the family struggles to digest this untimely shock, the world remains unclear about what actually caused Prodigy’s death.
The death occurred at a Las Vegas hospital, where Prodigy (as part of Mobb Deep) were touring. The Queensbridge rapper has long suffered from sickle cell anemia, and appeared to be battling an emergency related to the condition. Sickle cell anemia is certainly a serious disease, though Prodigy managed to aggressively tour, record, and beef for his entire professional rap career.
He also appeared healthy in his early forties, with no signs of sickness. Prodigy passed away Tuesday at the age of 42.
All of which is raising some questions about the cause of death. Strangely, TMZ just leaked a rumor that the rapper ‘choked on an egg‘ while hospitalized. Exactly how (or if) that’s related to sickle cell remains uncertain.
Meanwhile, the family of Albert Johnson has issued a formal statement on the rapper’s death.
“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, he had 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.”
More details as they become available.