Few people knew Albert “Prodigy” Johnson as well as Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita, the other half of Queens hardcore rap duo Mobb Deep. In a video released today (June 22) by TMZ, Havoc commented publicly for the first time since Prodigy’s sudden death in a Las Vegas hospital on Tuesday (June 20).
“I met him when I was 15,” says Havoc in the above video. “I’m 43 right now, so, you know… I still can’t believe it, I just still can’t believe it, I just can’t.”
Havoc described learning about his friend’s death mere days after they performed together in Vegas. “We used to be going to the hospital, not like everyday, but we’ve been dealing with this for over 20 years,” he says about Prodigy’s struggles with sickle cell anemia, which a publicist confirmed to XXL led to his hospitalization soon after the gig. Havoc checked in with the group’s road manager once a day after the performance and heard only good news until Tuesday, when he was driving his five-year-old son to a restaurant after his kindergarten graduation.
“Somebody called me, saying that somebody told them that they heard a weird rumor,” he relates. “And this is at 11 o’clock in the morning, they heard that P was passed away in a Las Vegas hospital. Now, I know that he’s in the hospital, but come on, I know he’s not dead. He go to the hospital all the time—you know, rumors always get around like some dumb shit.”
He then called his road manager. “I’m on the highway, I can’t pull over, I can’t do nothing—I could’ve crashed with my kids in the car,” he says. “I’m still just fucked up, like I can’t even listen to ‘Shook Ones’ or any song, I hardly can look at the pictures, because I don’t know how—I don’t know, but people that lost somebody, they know what I’m talking about.”
TMZ reported yesterday that the Clark County medical examiner completed Prodigy’s autopsy and will not disclose the cause of Prodigy’s death until it concludes toxicology tests. TMZ added that those tests will take six to eight weeks.