As the hip-hop world mourns the loss of Mobb Deep's Prodigy, tons of the rapper's family, friends and celebrity fans have gathered to say goodbye to the legend.
TMZ captured video footage from outside of the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City today, where Prodigy's funeral is being held. Rappers LL Cool J, Remy Ma, Papoose, Ice-T and Fat Joe all came through to show their respect. Among the guests was of course Prodigy's rap partner and close friend Havoc, and also Questlove, chef Eddie Huang and Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The funeral was also open to the general public. Lori Chung of NY1 News posted a short video clip on Twitter of the long line of Mobb Deep fans entering the funeral home in single file.
Hoards of fellow New York rappers sent out their condolences to Prodigy on social media, detailing their personal connections with the Queens rapper. N.O.R.E recalls squashing his beef with Prodigy and running into him moments before he was rushed to the hospital.
This was New Year's Eve we got drunk n smoked together n put the past in the past #ripprodigy love to the whole Mobb deep family I just spoke to gotti and twin and Tyson salute ty nitty karate joe , god father n the family we here for all y'all queens lost a legend today so we gonna keep his legacy alive and what's even crazier is im in Las Vegas still I saw him 3 days ago soon as he got off stage I offered him drinks him and hav but p said he wasn't feeling well I thought nothing of it god bless u KING P
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Prodigy's daughter Santana Fox has always shared her super close relationship with her dad on social media and wrote a touching tribute on Instagram.
Shit don't add up but imma hold it down for you dad , forever. Nothing is going to bring you back and I will never get the chance to see you again , I should've came to see you and I wish you never left the house last Wednesday none of this would've happened , I should've woke up to say goodbye ... I can't believe you're gone we were so close & did everything together I feel lost and alone & im in shock I can't trust nobody I miss you dad I'm still waiting for you to come back home this doesn't feel real at all idk what to do without you around anymore but I can't let you down I have to pick up everything where you left off & im gonna make sure your voice will be heard forever nobody's gonna violate you because I will pop off on any MF that wanna try some slick shit , you told me I'd see true colors the day you depart & I see it all clearly now but I know who our true family is and I will make sure they all know how you felt about them ....I love you dad this shit really broke my heart I'll never get over this I just lost my best friend & other half
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According to TMZ, Prodigy was hospitalized in Las Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia. He passed away three days later, though the official cause of death still hasn't been confirmed. Prodigy was 42 years old.
Rest in Peace.