On Tuesday (March 13) the hip-hop community was shocked to learn about the death of Craig Mack at the age of 46. While many artists were quick to share stories and pay their respects to the Long Island, N.Y. rapper, it was Diddy who shared a beautiful statement about the late rapper and praise his energy.

"Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit," the hip-hop mogul tweeted on Tuesday night. "You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world. You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop."

Diddy followed the tweet with another post, writing, "You inspired me and will continue to inspire us. We will always love you. #RIPCraigMack #BadBoy4Life." Diddy ended his string of tweets with a clip of Mack's verse on the 2002 "Special Delivery (Remix)."

The rapper also hopped on Instagram to post a photo of the "Flava in Ya Ear" artist, captioning it, "Craig was very important to the Bad Boy legacy. Such a kind, loving and special individual."

According to reports, Mack died on on Monday (March 12) in a hospital near his home in Walterboro, S.C. Following the news, the rapper's close friend, Erick Sermon, said Mack passed away from congestive heart failure and had actually told friends six months ago that he was dying.

"We kind of knew what was going on. He only had 25 percent of his heart that he was using and when you would talk to him on the phone he would kind of like daze off," Sermon revealed. "We knew he was dying."

Check out Diddy's social media posts below.

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