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Craig Mack Dead: Bad Boy Records Rapper Dies, Aged 46

13 March 2018

Rapper Craig Mack has passed away at age 46, after suffering heart failure on Monday evening.

The New York Daily News reports Mack died of heart failure near his SC home on Monday.

Mack was from Long Island in NY and signed with P. Diddy's Bad Boy record label.

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Mack was spotted by Sean Combs, better known as Puff Daddy and records label in the 1990s, and released his first single under the name MC EZ in 1998. He was filmed decrying his former life as "wickedness", but did release an album in 2017, The Mack World Sessions. He released just one other album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997. More recently he has devoted his life to religion.

The success of the album was propelled by Flava In Ya Ear, particularly the remix, which featured Notorious BIG, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes.

"Nobody got to understand his story", Toney said to the Daily News. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney told the newspaper.

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Mack is survived by a wife and two children, who are both adults, Toney said. "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer. "It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church". "I wanted the world to know the talent he had".

"I just got a disturbing phone call".

Mack left the music industry shortly thereafter and resurfaced in 2012 when he espoused his religious beliefs in a YouTube video upon joining the Overcomer Ministry church in Walterboro.

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Brooklyn's DJ Scratch remembered Mack as the hardworking roadie who helped set up and break down his turntables on tours.

Craig Mack Dead: Bad Boy Records Rapper Dies, Aged 46