The Prodigy, one-half of the American hip-hop group Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday at the age of 42. He had a lifelong battle with Sickle Cell Anemia.
The Guardian and other media outlets have reported Prodigy’s death, by stating that on Tuesday after a performance in Las Vegas, having been hospitalized recently for complications tied to sickle cell anemia, however, the exact cause of his death are not yet known. His publicist post this release
“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.”
Prodigy’s death comes at a time when hospitals are requesting for more Black people to volunteer to donate blood, especially because the high level of sickle cell anemia in the black community. So if you want to truly honor, rap legend, Prodigy then find some time to donate blood at our local blood bank.
In a 2011 interview with Jesse Thorn, Prodigy discussed his sickle cell anemia:
“Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease that’s passed down from your mother and father, and is basically a rare blood disorder where your blood cells change from a round shape, a normal, round blood cell shape, to a sickle shape,” he explained. “They start interlocking with each other and causing clotting, and it causes pain where that happens. It’s like a domino effect, it spreads throughout your body, and the pain increases and it gets progressively worse if you don’t take care of it right away; as soon as you feel the pain, you’re supposed to go to the hospital or take pain medication for it.”
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