Rapper Craig Mack dies aged 46

Craig Mack, who found fame as part of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in the ’90s, has died aged 46.
Mack reportedly died of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina on Monday night (12Mar18), his producer Alvin Toney confirmed to the New York Daily News.
The Queens native is best known for his 1994 hit single Flava In Ya Ear, which was released under his real name on Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ label, with the remix launching the career of The Notorious B.I.G, aka Biggie Smalls.
Toney, who produced Mack’s debut album Project: Funk Da World, was with the rapper in South Carolina last week to film a documentary about the star.
“God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” he told the New York Daily News, adding that Mack had been ill for some time and was “prepared” for death. “He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready,” he said.
Mack’s first album charted at number 21 in the U.S., but his career was overshadowed by the success of The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album Ready to Die.
Following his rap career, Mack denounced hip-hop, moved to South Carolina and immersed himself in his religious beliefs.
EPMD’s DJ Scratch paid tribute to the star on Instagram, writing, “I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my rodie (sic) on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”
And New York’s Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex posted a picture of Mack with Biggie Smalls, writing: “Rest In Peace! Good brother… #CraigMack …. Alvin Toney love my brother…”