Former Bad Boy Records artist Craig Mack has died this week at the age of 46. The hip-hop veteran passed away this week in a South Carolina hospital.

According to Craig’s producer, his life ended Monday (March 12) due to medical complications.

Craig Mack, the Long Island rapper who found fame on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records in the mid-1990s, has died at age 46, his producer confirmed to the Daily News. Mack — who launched to hip-hop acclaim with the platinum hit “Flava in Ya Ear” in 1994 before being overshadowed by fellow artists such as the Notorious B.I.G. — died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday. (New York Daily News)

The shocking death has sparked a flurry of celebrity reactions.

R.I.P TO MY MAIN MAN CRAIG MACK ANOTHER GREAT ONE GONE….

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Rest In Peace! Good brother… #CraigMack …. Alvin Toney love my brother…

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Prior to leaving the music industry for religion, Mack made a name for himself in the 90’s.

The Long Island, N.Y, native at one time was part of Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment, which released his first album, Project: Funk da World, anchored by Flava in Ya Ear, which was nominated for a Grammy. His follow-up single, Get Down went gold. 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. (USA Today)