'Flava in Ya Ear' rapper Craig Mack dead at age 46
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Rapper Craig Mack, who scored the first hit for Sean "Diddy" Combs then fledgling Bad Boy Records, passed away on Monday, March 12 at the age of 46. As The New York Daily News reported, Mack died from heart failure at his home in South Carolina. 

Mack burst onto the scene in 1994 with his song “Flava in Ya Ear,” which topped the Billboard rap chart and broke into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It also garnered the rapper a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance. Mack was integral in establishing Bad Boy and collaborated with rappers including labelmate Notorious B.I.G., Erick Sermon and more. 

After pursuing his career in music, Mack decided to switch gears and became a minister in South Carolina where he continued to attend and participate in church until his death. According to friend and manager Alvin Tomey, a documentary about Mack’s life was in the works as well as an album produced by Sermon. Mack was survived by his wife and two adult children.