Rapper Craig Mack has died at the age of 46, according to US reports.
The hip-hop star 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's Bad Boy Records.
After splitting with Diddy, he released a second album, Operation: Get Down, but eventually left music and devoted his life to religion.
LL Cool J, Funkmaster Flex, Biz Markie and DJ Scratch were among those paying tribute to the star.
"I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone," said Scratch on Instagram.
"He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.
"Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night... Rest In Peace Lil Bro."
"Rest in power Craig," tweeted LL Cool J. "It was a pleasure to know you & rock with you. You stepped away from the game & did it your way. I always respected that."
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ΝΑ ΓΙΝΕΙ Η ΘΑΛΑΣΣΑ ΚΑΙ Ο ΟΥΡΑΝΟΣ ΔΙΚΟΣ ΜΟΥ
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