UPDATED on August 4, 2017:
The official cause of death for legendary Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy has been reported as accidental choking, according to TMZ. The outlet obtained the confirmation from the Clark County Medical Examiner.
Further details note the rapper died while eating an egg at a Las Vegas hospital where he was being treated for complications from sickle cell anemia on June 20.
The rapper suffered from the immune disease his entire life, his symptoms flared up following a performance in Las Vegas' severe heat.
He was 42.
Original article below:
The world has lost yet another titan of popular music.
Founding member of legendary hip-hop duo Mobb Deep Albert Johnson - better known by his stage name Prodigy - sadly passed away in Las Vegas after being hospitalized for complications with sickle cell anaemia. He was 42 years old.
Alongside his producer counterpart Havoc, Prodigy helped to redefine East Coast hip-hop in the mid 1990's. Mobb Deep's second and third records - The Infamous and Hell On Earth - are considered crowning achievements of hip-hop, both lyrically and production-wise.
Mobb Deep was firmly at the center of what many consider "The Golden Age" of hip-hop in the mid 1990's. Hailing from the Queensbridge projects, the duo rose to prominence alongside rap luminaries such as Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Big L and Wu-Tang Clan.
Later in his career, Prodigy was a presence with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records, and he also had quite an impressive solo career, releasing 8 albums to date including this past January's The Hegelian Dialectic.
Prodigy was certainly a massive influence on hip-hop artists and culture more generally. Check out some of the tributes to Prodigy from social media below:
rest in power prodigy— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) June 20, 2017
Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G. to and for his fam. Love. MOBB— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 20, 2017
REST IN PEACE GOD P.— BLUE CHIPS 7000 (@ActionBronson) June 20, 2017
If you'd like to make a donation to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, please follow this link.
Listen to Mobb Deep's 1994 track "Shook Ones" below. RIP Prodigy.