It’s sad to report that New York City veteran, Craig Mack, who was a part of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in the 90’s, has passed away at the age of 46. Reports say that Mack had died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday.

Mack was the first artist to release an album under Diddy’s Bad Boy Records with Project Funk da World. The album’s highlight included the hit single “Flava in Ya Ear,” which went platinum and reached as high as #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts back in 1994.

Several members of the hip hop community have already taken to to social media in the early hours of Tuesday morning to voice their condolences. 

DJ Scratch of EPMD fame posted a photo of Mack with the caption, “I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”

While Funkmaster Flex also posted a tribute of his own to Instagram. His caption read, “Rest in Peace! Good brother … #CraigMack …Alvin Toney love my brother.”

Check out some of the early tweets from fellow peers & friends (below).