Iconic rapper Prodigy of the duo Mobb Deep has died. He was 42.
Nas broke the news on Instagram Tuesday, sharing a photo of the musician, whose real name was Albert Johnson. “QB RIP King P,” he captioned the photo.
“Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis,” a statement from his rep to Pitchfork reads. “As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.”
Other musicians and stars such as Joe Budden, Questlove and more all turned to social media to share their condolences.
“Infamous. Goodbye Prodigy,” Questlove captioned a photo of his longtime friend.
“Rest In Peace Prodigy….. HipHop will miss you,” Budden tweeted. “Smh…. f–k. Heartbroken. That 1 hurts.”
Prodigy performed in Las Vegas for the “Art of Rap” tour. He appeared at 1Oak afterward for the official after-party.
Kathy Iandoli, who co-wrote “Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook” with the rapper, told Page Six Tuesday that working with him was unforgettable.
“Getting to work with Prodigy on our book was a dream come true for a hip-hop loving girl from NJ,” she said. “Becoming his friend was the real gift though. We are all truly devastated by the loss of our brother. His contribution to the world is forever irreplaceable.”