Nas, Lil Wayne and More Hip-Hop Stars Mourn the Death of Mobb Deep's Prodigy

Prodigy of Mobb Deep IS GONE  in Las Vegas.Member of the legendary '90s New York hip-hop duo passed away at 42 on Tuesday, June 20 after being ON hospitalized a few days ago all in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis," his publicist confirmed to TMZ.

"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. "We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this time."

Prodigy had battled sickle cell since his birth, but "the exact cause of death has not been determined," the publicist added. TMZ revealed that the rapper choked on an egg on Tuesday morning in the hospital, where he had been getting treatment for his sickle anemia crisis.

The site claimed officials are currently trying to find out if it was the choking or the sickle cell symptoms he'd been battling for days that caused his death.

Prodigy was in Vegas over the weekend to perform "with the Art of Rap tour ... with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T ... to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night." It was said that Prodigy told Ice-T goodbye when he was on his way out of the venue to get some rest in his hotel. His publicist revealed the rapper had to be hospitalized sometime after his condition worsened.

Quickly after the sad news surfaced, many notable hip-hop stars paid their respects to the fallen rapper on social media. Nas took to his Instagram account to say, "QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever."

On Twitter, rapper Lil Wayne wrote, "Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G. [praying hands emoji] to and for his fam. Love. MOBB."

Big Boi tweeted alongside a photo of the deceased hip-hop legend, "Prodigy God Bless Your Soul."

Wiz Khalifa similarly wrote, "Rip prodigy. God bless his family and all his fans. Mobb forever."

Beautiful singer Ciara also remembered the late rapper, tweeting, "Rest In Peace #Prodigy," adding a heart emoji.

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