The rapper Prodigy, who was one half of the iconic New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died at the age of 42. According to a statement released by Mobb Deep’s publicist, “Prodigy 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 exact causes of death have yet to be determined.”
Prodigy was one of the best rappers to ever do it, and some of hip-hop’s biggest names took to social media to pay their respects.
Love and light to the family and friends of Prodigy.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 20, 2017
One of Queen’s finest. He will be greatly missed.
new york and the world just changed. rest in peace Prodigy.— el-p (@therealelp) June 20, 2017
For now... I wouldn't have rapped the way I did/do and I wouldn't have loved hip hop the way I did/do without Prodigy existing.— Jean Grae (@JeanGreasy) 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
RIP Prodigy one of the greatest rappers ever!!!!!— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) June 20, 2017
Rest In Peace Prodigy….. HipHop will miss you.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) June 20, 2017
Terrible terrible news damn #prodigy no words. Im live on shade 45 sirius xm right now tune in we gonna talk all things P— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 20, 2017
REST IN PEACE GOD P.— BLUE CHIPS 7000 (@ActionBronson) June 20, 2017
Damn man.... Life is a gift. p was a gift to his fam and the rap world RIP P— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) June 20, 2017
Shattered hearing news of Prodigy while here Luxembourg tour. MobbDeep duo=nice guys, I would see him occasionally out in LI. #restinbeats— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) June 20, 2017
Unbelievable. Rest in peace Don P. 🕯— KAYTRANADA (@KAYTRANADA) June 20, 2017