Prodigy has died at the age of 42. A spokesperson for the Mobb Deep rapper confirmed the news in statement to XXL:

“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 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. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

Nas was first to share the news. Dozens of rappers have already shared tributes to Prodigy on social media.

RIP Prodigy.

QB RIP King P

A post shared by Nasir Jones on