Craig Mack — the New York rapper whose hit song “Flava In Ya Ear” was a staple of 90s hip-hop — died on Monday. He was 46.
Mack died of natural causes at his home in South Carolina, the coroner in Colleton County tells The Blast. His family did not want to release details of his medical history, but the coroner said it would be accurate to say he had heart problems. The coroner added an autopsy will not be performed.
He is survived by his wife and his two adult children.
Diddy signed Mack to Bad Boy Entertainment and in 1994, he released “Flava In Ya Ear.” The song went on to earn a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance, ultimately losing out to Queen Latifah.
Mack left the label the next year and never achieved the same success.
Several rap legends took to social media following the news of his passing to pay their respects.
Rest in Beats Craig Mack
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Craig Mack. ✊🏽🙏🏽
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 13, 2018
I am so sad to hear about the passing of Craig Mack. You cannot over emphasize the importance that "Flava In Ya Ear" had on hip hop!
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Craig Mack. Another legend lost today.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) March 13, 2018
#CraigMack killed the 90s with 1 song and 1 remix. 👂🏽. Untouchable. RIP.
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) March 13, 2018
I'm devastated over the news of Craig Mack.. We just finishing up his new album.. smh.. Rest in Power Craig…
— Erick Sermon (@iAmErickSermon) March 13, 2018
“Just ……. like …….. Uninlab.” He won off top with the first three words. Rest In Peace Craig Mack. 😞
— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) March 13, 2018
— DJ Whoo Kid (@DJWhooKid) March 13, 2018