Rap legend, Craig Mack has reportedly passed away in Walterboro, South Carolina, United States of America.
Mack died at aged 46 on Monday, March 12 from natural causes at his home; Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
People Music reports that Alvin Toney, Mack’s producer on his debut album, Project: Funk Da World, had a chance to see the late rapper last week as he worked on a documentary about the star.
“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney told The 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.”
“God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” Toney added, explaining that Mack had been ill for some time. “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.”
EPMD’s Erick Sermon said Mack had been working on a return to music. “I’m devastated over the news of Craig Mack,” Sermon wrote on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. “We just finishing up his new album… Rest in Power Craig.”
Mack got his start at a young age, dropping his first single under the name MC EZ when he was just a teenager, according to the Daily News. He made his major label recording debut on a remix of Mary J. Blige‘s “You Don’t Have To Worry” in 1992, his first time working with P. Diddy.
The rap legend found fame on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy label with 1994’s “Flava in Ya Ear”.
The Brentwood, Long Island, native, traded in the music industry for a life of faith — working at his local place of worship, the Overcomer Ministry Church.
Mack is survived by his wife and two adult children.