According to Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey, Mack died at his home in Walterboro around 9 p.m. EST on Monday, March 13.
The hip-hop star initially rose to fame in 1994 with the hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", and was the first artist to release an album on P Diddy'sBad Boy Records.
Mack was one of the first artists signed to the nascent Bad Boy Records by Puff Daddy in the early '90s and gave the label its first successful rap single with "Flava In Ya Ear". Toney says Mack revealed he was ill when they saw each other last week, and that Mack was at peace with his condition.
Alvin Toney, who produced Mack's debut album "Project: Funk Da World", told the publication that he had recently visited the former rapper at the church he attended and the two had made plans to film a documentary about Mack's decision to retire from the spotlight to focus on his faith. "Most of the call was me trying to persuade him to start making music again".
Born in Queens, New York, Craig Mack would later leave NY and rap music in exchange for the South. Craig's booming voice and unorthodox style, combined with producer Easy Mo Bee's futuristic Funk, were truly a brand new sound for a time in which Hip-Hop was undergoing a profound shift.
"Nobody got to understand his story", Toney said. "I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram. "I wanted the world to know the talent he had".
He noted that Mack, having struggled with illness for some time, was "prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord".
Following Mack's death, the rapper Erick Sermon tweeted: "I'm devastated. we just finishing up his new album". "He wasn't scared. He was ready".
Mack is survived by his wife and two adult children.