Rapper Craig Mack Dead at 46 from Heart Failure

Bad Boy Entertainment/YouTube

Hip-hop pioneer Craig Mack dead at 46

The hip-hop icon died unexpectedly on Monday.

 

Ramon Ramirez

Streaming

Published Mar 13, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 9:58 pm CDT

Hip-hop pioneer Craig Mack passed away Monday in near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina, according to the New York Daily News. The 46-year-old “Flava In Your Ear” star died of heart failure after a long series of health problems.

Featured Video Hide

Iconic for his contributions to Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records, the rapper was rumored to have been signed by the mogul after a chance meetup in a club that ended with Mack absolutely nailing an impromptu¬†freestyle. Before the Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die became a tipping point for the genre and startup record label, Mack was its anchor.

Advertisement Hide

Despite appearing on Bad Boy songs in 2002, Mack largely disappeared from the limelight to pursue a quiet life of faith in South Carolina, where he was active in the Overcomer Ministry church. Friend and longtime producer Alvin Toney¬†was working on a documentary about Mack’s influence and rejection of stardom.

Mack may have been something of a one-hit wonder, but his historic ties to rap royalty made him a familiar presence, and fans were quick to offer his family—he leaves behind a wife and two adult children—warm support.

Advertisement Hide

https://twitter.com/fivefifths/status/973504129460039680

H/T New York Daily News

Share this article
*First Published: Mar 13, 2018, 1:29 pm CDT