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UNFOLDING NOW: Hugely Popular Rapper Just Found Dead At Tragic Young Age Of 47

Just as it seemed like things were slowing down with all of the tragic losses in the film and music industry, we are sad to report that another life was taken way too soon.

Craig Mack was a Grammy-nominated rapper who is best known for working alongside with Sean “Diddy” Combs Bab Boy Records, might not have been in the music industry as long as some might have hoped for him because he decided to devote his life to his religion. Although his passing wasn’t completely unexpected due to recent health problems it happened much faster than expected.

According to E! OnlineCraig Mack, the Grammy-nominated rapper who rose to fame in the 1990s with hits like “Flava in Ya Ear” and “Get Down,” has died.

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey confirmed to E! News that Mack passed away at his home in Walterboro, SC just before 9 p.m. on Monday. According to Harvey, it appears he died of natural causes. The star was 47 years old.

Having been signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records early on, the Long Island native achieved breakout fame with the 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear,” which went platinum and scored the star a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. In an old interview with MTV Raps, Combs called Mack and fellow signee Biggie Smalls his “life” and “foundation.”

He went on to release his first studio album, Project Funk da Wor, which became certified gold, but overshadowed by fellow Bad Boy Records artist Biggie Smalls’ Ready to Die. Mack went on to release another album in 1997, not under Diddy’s label and, by the mid-2000s, had retreated from the limelight.

A man who appeared to be Mack resurfaced in a video giving testimony and rapping in church, seeming to confirm speculation that he had left his Hollywood life and sought a religious one in South Carolina. “Nobody got to understand his story,” Mack’s former producer Alvin Toney told the New York Daily News. “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.”

As Toney told the newspaper, he learned Mack had been sick for awhile when he visited him at church. “He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney told the newspaper. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

Mack is survived by his wife and two adult children, Toney told the newspaper.

Meanwhile, the rapper’s colleagues and friends took to social media to share their shock and condolences.

“I cannot believe this dude is gone,” DJ Scratch wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”

Such another sad tragic loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time. RIP Craig Mack


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