Rapper Prodigy, one-half of the New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep
, died from "complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis," the rapper's rep confirmed to Et. He was 42.
The rapper, whose real name is Albert Johnson
, had battled sickle cell since his birth, and was in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a performance.
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"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's rep said in a statement. "Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las 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