March 12 [7:55 EST] -- Bad Boy Entertainment head Sean "Puffy" Combs issued a statement on Tuesday expressing his sorrow over the loss of Bad Boy rapper and good friend, The Notorious B.I.G.
The brief press release reads, "B.I.G. was one of my closest friends. Words can't express my pain. He was one of the greatest artists I've ever had the pleasure to work with. I love him and will always miss him."
Biggie and Puffy had worked closely together during the rapper's time with Bad Boy, and most recently Biggie turned up in Puffy's video for "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down."