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It’s with a heavy heart that I report rapper Craig Mack died of heart failure at a hospital near is Walterboro, South Carolina home on Monday (March 12).

Producer Alvin Toney, who Mack’s debut album “Project: Funk Da World” and his “Get Down Remix,” confirmed the sad news.

Via NY Daily News:

He visited the former emcee at the Overcomer Ministry church he attends in Walterboro to film a documentary about the retired rhymer, and his decision to pass on fame for a life of deep religious conviction.

“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney said. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”

Tony said Mack told him during his visit that he had been ill for some time and knew he wouldn’t survive.

“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

Mack is survived by his wife and two children, both adults, Toney said.

Craig was the pioneering artist of Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment with his 1994 platinum-selling hit single, “Flava in Ya Ear.”

My sincerest condolences to the Mack family.

Rest in paradise, Craig.