The rapper Prodigy, half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas, TMZ reports. He was 42 years old.
His publicist tells the outlet that he 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, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.”
The publicist added: “The exact cause of death has not been determined.”
Together with his partner Havoc, he pair emerged from the Queensbridge Houses to score hits in the ’90s with tracks including “Shook Ones” and “Quiet Storm.”
He had reportedly been in Las Vegas last week to perform as part of the Art of Rap tour, which included fellow hip hop mainstays Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One and Ice-T. His last performance was on Saturday.
Rest In Peace #Prodigy ❤️
— Ciara (@ciara) June 20, 2017
— methodman (@methodman) June 20, 2017
— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) June 20, 2017
Tributes to the late rapper began to flood social media. Nas shared a photo captioned with “QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever,” while Method Man simply wrote, “P!” “Rest in peace,” Ciara shared. Music producer Just Blaze had a simpler message, tweeting one word: “Heartbroken.”