Coroner Rules Prodigy's Death as Accidental Choking

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The rapper, real name Albert Johnson, died at the age of 42 in June after being hospitalised for treatment for sickle cell anaemia.

The rapper was pulled out of a fan meet-and-greet in Las Vegas because the intense heat was making symptoms of sickle cell anemia more apparent and risky.

Now, coroner examinations reveal the rapper died from an accidental choking incident, Shayla Pitre, a clerical assistant at the Clark County agency, confirmed to USA TODAY.

Almost two months later, the Clark County Medical Examiner released the rapper's autopsy, revealing that he died of an accidental choking. A long-awaited official cause of death for the Mobb Deep co-founder has become public knowledge.

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"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", it read.

At this year's BET Awards, Havoc and Lil Kim paid tribute to Prodigy after his 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 New York rap duo Mobb Deep", a Mobb Deep representative said at the time of his passing. His pen painted vivid pictures of street life.

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