After spending nearly three decades with Prodigy as part of Mobb Deep, Havoc still can’t believe the news that struck the hip-hop community this week, that his longtime friend and partner-in-rhyme passed away at 42.
Speaking with TMZ, Havoc discussed his disbelief and heartache upon hearing the devastating news. “I’m still just fucked up,” he said. “I can’t even listen to ‘Shook Ones’ or any song. I can hardly look at the pictures. People that lost somebody know what I’m talking about.”
Havoc, 43, said that he met Prodigy when he was 15 years old. Throughout the years, he’s seen his late friend go in and out of the hospital due to issues related to sickle cell anemia. That’s why P’s latest hospital visit didn’t alarm him.
“We’re used to P going to the hospital,” he said. “We’ve been dealing with this for over 20 years. He goes to the hospital, he stays for like 3 days, maybe 5, tops, and he gets back better than [before].”
But that’s not what happened this time. According to reports, Prodigy died in a Las Vegas hospital on Tuesday (June 20). The cause of his death is unknown, however, as Havoc noted, P has suffered from sickle cell for many years. Despite that, his death at 42 came as a surprise to those who knew him best. “I still can’t believe it,” Havoc added. “I just can’t.”
The hip-hop community had a hard time processing the news, as well. Other rappers, producers, and fans have mourned Prodigy’s death all week including Nas, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and Lil Wayne, who tweeted: “Damn. RiP to the great one Prodigy. Rap game lost a legend the world lost a G.”