Prodigy from hip-hop duo Mobb Deep has died.
The 42-year-old had sickle cell anaemia and was admitted to hospital a few days ago while in Las Vegas for a performance.
Nicki Minaj, Nas, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent are among those who have paid tribute to the rapper.
Mobb Deep were one of the most successful hip-hop acts of all time, and released eight albums between 1993 and 2014.
Image caption Prodigy (left) with bandmate Havoc
Bandmate Havoc posted photos of the duo to his Instagram following the announcement of Prodigy’s death.
“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’s publicist Roberta Magrini said in a statement sent to Newsbeat.
She said the exact cause of the rapper’s death was “yet to be confirmed”.
Source: world bbc