Craig Mack, one of the most prominent figures in Bad Boy Records’ early years, reportedly died of heart failure on Monday (March 12). He was 46.
The Grammy-nominated “Flava In Ya Ear” star’s passing was confirmed by producer Alvin Toney, who worked on Mack’s debut album, 1994’s Project: Funk Da World, according to the New York Daily News.
Toney said he recently visited Mack at the Overcomer Ministry Church in South Carolina, which he attended. The producer had been working on a documentary about the former rapper’s religion-based work following a successful hip-hop career, which also included 1997’s Operation: Get Down in a post-Bad Boy era.
“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney explained. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”
Toney claims that Mack told him he had been ill and that he “knew he wouldn’t live long,” according to the report. “He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” he added. “He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”
Mack leaves behind a wife and two adult children. R.I.P., Craig Mack.
— Diddy (@Diddy) March 14, 2018
I’m so saddened to get a text about Craig Mack😞 I am grateful to have worked with him on this song on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack & he was so kind funny & Talented 🙌🏾 Rest peacefully Craig🙏🏾 https://t.co/RJy4bqdeP1
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) March 13, 2018
Rest in power Craig. May the almighty embrace your soul & lift up your family and friends. it was a pleasure to know you & rock with you. You $tepped away from the game & did it your way.. I always respected that.#RIPCraigMack
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) March 13, 2018
The song FLAVOR IN YA EAR will live on forever I Only met Craig Mack a couple times back in the mid 90”s & when I did he was hecka cool his rap style & swag was unmatched Sad to hear this news #RIPCraigMack
— E40 The Counselor (@E40) March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Craig Mack. ✊🏽🙏🏽
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 13, 2018
Rest in Beats Craig Mack
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018
Rest in Power Craig Mack. Cool down to earth dude. Grew up blasting the homies music. Peace to his family… pic.twitter.com/MjXr2yvOXO
— Immortal Technique (@ImmortalTech) March 13, 2018