In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Prodigy, one half of the seminal hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died following complications caused by sickle cell anemia on June 20th. He was 42.

Prodigy's old label boss, Steve Rifkind, who co-founded Loud Records, remembered the rapper with a pair of posts on Instagram. "When I say Loud was a family, Loud was a family," he wrote. "We might have yelled and screamed at each other, but we always wanted what was best for the act … Mobb Deep was the second group to go platinum right after Wu. We not only talked music we talked about everything but all I can say right now is RIP."

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