Mac Miller Dead At Age 26 Following An Apparent Overdose
Rapper Mac Miller has died of an apparent overdose, Variety confirmed on Friday (September 7). TMZ first reported the news that Miller "was found Friday at around noon at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene." He was 26.
Miller had been open about his struggles with addiction — which he frequently addressed in his music — and he was recently charged with a DUI after crashing his car into a utility pole in Los Angeles. Shortly after the incident, his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande wrote a statementabout their former two-year relationship, saying that she had "cared for him and tried to support his sobriety."
Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick in Pittsburgh, started rapping in high school and began his music career as part of the group The Ill Spoken. He released several mixtapes on his own, including the breakout project K.I.D.S., before dropping his first album, Blue Slide Park, in 2011. It was the first independent album in 16 years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts.
Miller went on to release four more albums, which chronicled his evolution from a fratty rapper to a sonic explorer — he even became an accomplished producer under the moniker "Larry Fisherman." He released his fifth studio album, Swimming, on August 3, which was filled with spaced-out funk music and ambitious collaborations with Jon Brion, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat. He was gearing up for a nationwide tour in support of his new music that was scheduled to kick off in late October.
Friends, collaborators, and fans took to Twitter on Friday to remember Miller and to pay their respects.
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
— Underdog (@lilyachty) September 7, 2018
Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
R.I.P. to Mac Miller a legend who showed me and so many other kids anything is possible. 💔
— LIGHT OF MINE (@SuperDuperKyle) September 7, 2018
I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH
I FUCKING LOVE YOU DUDE
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 7, 2018
Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) September 7, 2018
Man....this shit is crazy. Rest In Peace Mac😔
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) September 7, 2018
Lost for words ... please be kind to yourselves ❤️😔😔 I can’t even believe I’m hash tagging this #RipMacMiller prayers up x
— ♕DinahJane (@dinahjane97) September 7, 2018
heartbroken rn. we love you mac. sending my love up.
— bear (@6LACK) September 7, 2018
Rest in your peace Mac Miller.
Always exuded so much kindness and goodness.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 7, 2018
Mac I Love You! You were a huge inspiration on my come up. Thank you for the countless hours of fun listening to your music with my homies! This has me so fucked up! You will be missed and always remembered #KIDS
— Young Sinatra (@Logic301) September 7, 2018
- Madeline Roth