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What’s going on with all these rappers dying in their 40s? We pay homage to seven who died way too soon

The condolences for Craig Mack lit up social media and had the old school and old school at heart offering tributes. But he’s just the latest artist gone too soon. For some of our favorite MCs, the 40s have been the kiss of death.

Craig Mack

Craig Mack

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May 10, 1971-March 12, 2018

Age: 46

Cause of death: Heart failure

Prodigy of Mobb Deep

Prodigy

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Nov. 2, 1974-June 20, 2017

Age: 42

Cause of death: Complications from sickle-cell anemia

Heavy D

Rapper Heavy D on the set of a video circa 1988 in New York City.

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May 24, 1967-Nov. 8, 2011

Age: 44

Cause of death: Pulmonary embolism caused by deep-vein thrombosis

Nate Dogg

Musician Nate Dogg poses for a portrait session circa 2001 in Los Angeles.

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Aug. 19, 1969-March 15, 2011

Age: 41

Cause of death: Multiple strokes

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest

Phife Dawg

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Nov. 20, 1970-March 22, 2016

Age: 45

Cause of death: Complications from diabetes

MCA of the Beastie Boys

MCA

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Aug. 5, 1964-May 4, 2012

Age: 47

Cause of death: Cancer

Guru

Guru

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July 17, 1961-April 19, 2010

Cause of death: multiple myeloma

Age: 48

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