(AllHipHop News) Prodigy, real name Albert Johnson, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday (June 20) after being hospitalized “for complications caused by a sickle cell anaemia crisis”.
Havoc, his Mobb Deep rap partner and Lil’ Kim, who appeared on the duo’s biggest hit “Quiet Storm,” have been added to the list of presenters at Sunday’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards ceremony.
The pair will reportedly pay tribute during the entertainment prize giving at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Executives at the BET network reportedly asked Lil’ Kim and Havoc to say a few words as they were unable to organize a full musical memorial at such short notice.
According to TMZ, Prodigy choked on an egg in hospital on the morning of his passing. It’s unclear whether or not the choking incident contributed to his death.
He had battled sickle-cell anaemia, a genetic blood disorder, since birth.
Prodigy’s autopsy has been completed by the Clark County Medical Examiner but the results will not be released until a toxicology report is available, in six to eight weeks’ time.