Craig Mack, ‘Flava in Ya Ear’ Rapper, Is Dead at 47

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Craig Mack, the Grammy-nominated rapper who rose to in the 1990s hits “Flava in Ya Ear” and “Get Down,” has died. Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey to E! News that Mack passed at his in Walterboro, SC before 9 p.m. on Monday.

According to Harvey, it appears he died of causes. The was 47 old. Having been signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records  on, the Long Island native achieved breakout fame the 1994 “Flava in Ya Ear,” which went platinum and scored the a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. In an interview MTV Raps, Combs called Mack and signee Biggie Smalls his “life” and “foundation.” He went on to his studio, Project Funk da World, which became certified gold, overshadowed by Bad Boy Records Biggie Smalls’ Ready to Die. Mack went on to another in 1997 not under Diddy’s and, mid-2000s had retreated from the limelight.

A  who Mack resurfaced in a giving and rapping in , to speculation that he had his Hollywood and sought a religious in South Carolina. “Nobody got to his,” Mack’s producer Alvin Toney told the New York Daily News. “I the to the he had. It was something I wanted to, it was short he was religious and wanted church.” As Toney told the newspaper, he learned Mack had been for awhile when he visited him at church. “He was for comes, to go to the Lord,” Toney told the newspaper. “He was to do that. He wasn’t scared.

He was ready.” Mack is survived by his and two children, Toney told the newspaper. Meanwhile, the rapper’s colleagues and friends took to media to their and condolences. “I cannot this is,” DJ Scratch wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “He reached out a of weeks for me to on his documentary his life. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would & break my turntables on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”