Prodigy passed away at just 42-years-old on June 20, and his cause of death has been revealed.

According to reports, the rapper (born Albert Johnson) died from accidentally choking. The Clark County coroner's office confirmed to the Daily News that Prodigy choked on an egg in the hospital where he was being treated for sickle cell anemia. He had been suffering from symptoms of the disorder for several days prior and an investigation was launched to determine whether it was his illness or choking that led to his death.

Prodigy was performing on the Art of Rap tour in Las Vegas alongside other artists like Ice-T, Ghostface Killah and KRS One, during record-setting heat. He was hospitalized for sickle cell symptoms, which normally include dehydration and a weakened immune system.

His funeral was open to the public and held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Madison Avenue on June 29 in Queens, N.Y. LL Cool J, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Ice T, Questlove and more were on hand to pay their respects. Things ended on a sour note when one person ended up being arrested. In the wake of his passing, contemporaries like RZA, Raekwon, Eric B. & Rakim and Eminem all praised the legacy of the late Mobb Deep rapper.

 

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