The hip-hop world mourned the death of Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy on June 20 after he died while hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications caused by sickle cell anemia.

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. 

Prodigy found success in the ’90s in rap duo Mobb Deep alongside fellow rapper Havoc. Prodigy and Havoc grew up together in New York’s Queensbridge Houses, the famous Queens housing development.

Prodigy, who was born Albert Johnson in New York, had battled sickle cell since birth.

He died at 42. 

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