WALTERBORO, S.C. — Former rapper Craig Mack, best known for the platinum 1994 hit "Flava in Ya Ear" has died in South Carolina.
Colleton County Corner Richard Harvey says the 47-year-old Mack died at his home in Walterboro around 9 p.m. Monday. Harvey said it appeared Mack died of natural causes.
The Long Island, New York, native helped launch Diddy's Bad Boy
"Craig Mack you were the first
After Mack left Diddy, he released a second album, "Operation: Get Down" in 1997 but left the music industry and devoted his life to religion.
After news travelled of his death, the rapper was remembered by artists ranging from Questlove to Lin-Miranda Manuel. DJ Scratch said on Instagram that Mack formerly handled his turntable setups and breakdowns.
"I'm so saddened to get a text about Craig Mack," wrote Missy Elliott on Twitter. "I am grateful to have worked with him on this song on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack & he was so kind funny & Talented … Rest peacefully Craig."