Former rapper Craig Mack dies in South Carolina at age 46

Lula Sharp
March 13, 2018

He was 46-years-old.

Rapper and former Bad Boy artist Craig Mack has passed away.

Mack - who launched to hip-hop acclaim with the platinum hit "Flava in Ya Ear" in 1994 before being overshadowed by fellow artists such as the Notorious B.I.G. - died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday.

Craig Mack released two albums in the 90s - Project: Funk da World and Operation: Get Down. Producer Erick Sermon said that Mack and he were working on an album prior to his death.

This story is developing. No word on if any of that music or any part of the unfinished documentary will be released. "It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church". "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. He wasn't scared. He was ready". In 2012, it was reported the rapper had joined the conservative Pentecostal Christian church, Overcomer Ministry.

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"About 3 months ago or so, I finally got ahold of [Mack] and we talked on the phone for over an hour", Mo Bee wrote on Instagram. Rest In Peace Craig Mack.

While The Notorious B.I.G. later became more closely associated with Bad Boy's success, Mack's "Flava" was the first of a massive 1-2 punch that anchored the label and its "Big Mack Attack" on the Rap world.

- Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018Rest in Power Craig Mack My condolence to his family, friends and fans. The late rapper was known for his lyrical ability and unique delivery.

Mack is survived by his wife and two adult children, Toney tells the Daily News.

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