Prodigy from Mobb Deep has died at age 42

The hip hop legend, Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas.

His publicist says he was hospitalized "a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth."

"The exact cause of death has not been determined."

If you're not familiar with Prodigy or Mobb Deep's legacy, you'll probably recognise one of their beats from that epic final battle scene in 8 Mile

Prodigy was performing in Vegas over the weekend with the Art of Rap tour ... featuring the likes of Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T ... to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.