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Fans and celebrities reflect on legacy of Craig Mack after news of his death

Hip-hop fans and celebrities are mourning the loss of Craig Mack after news of his death broke early Tuesday.

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Born May 10, 1971, in New York, the artist was a well-known rapper on P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment record label. He gained recognition for his hit “Flava In Your Ear,” which helped launched the careers of his label mates, including The Notorious B.I.G.

The 46-year-old passed away from heart failure at a hospital in South Carolina, where he’d moved in recent years, the Daily News confirmed with his producer.

As details regarding his death hit the internet, many flocked to social media to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of the former star. Several said they were shocked to hear about his passing. 

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Others heralded him as a pioneer and legend in the industry, who never got his “just due.” He faded from the music industry in the late 1990s.

A few praised him for his dedication to his craft, while also reflecting on his character. Many called him “kind” and “humble.”

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A slew of celebrities chimed in, too. From actors to musicians, supporters wrote how much they would miss him.

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