Rapper Mac Miller has died from an apparent drug overdose, confirm multiple sources. He was 26 years old.
According to a TMZ report, the Pittsburgh-born artist was found unresponsive by a friend at his Los Angeles home on Friday (September 7). Paramedics were called, and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.
Miller, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, was transparent about his substance-abuse issues during his decade-long career, recently telling Vulture, “I used to rap super openly about really dark shit because that’s what I was experiencing at the time. That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions.”
The MC was arrested for a DUI in association with a car accident in the San Fernando Valley in May. His struggles with addiction were again made evident when his ex-girlfriend, singer Ariana Grande, took to Twitter that same month to address a fan who suggested that the pair’s publicized breakup played a role in the incident.
“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course),” Grande wrote, “but shaming / blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem.”
Miller began rapping at the age of 14 and made a name for himself through a string of mixtapes, including The High Life, K.I.D.S., and Best Day Ever. His first studio album, Blue Slide Park, was released in 2011 and became the first independently-distributed debut LP to land a number-one spot on the Billboard chart since 1995. Four more compilations, including the critically praised The Divine Feminine and the most recent Swimming, would follow. He also produced tracks under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman.
Fellow artists, celebrities, and industry folks have taken to social media to share their condolences and memories of Miller.
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
Mac Miller may your soul rest in heaven, thank you for putting me on to radio head and flying me to the studio when I was a high schooler, and most of all showing me what it means to be myself. Heart is shattered— Healing Hawk (@Raury) September 7, 2018
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we were sposed to get hawaiian this week, shoot ur video next week, i was gunna pull up for howtogetawaywithmurder, was gunna copy ur new saturn tattoo. rare you meet people in this industry that make you feel like home, make you feel human, because they’re so human too. utterly heartbroken. i promise to finish The Night Manager and if i ever meet Hugh Laurie i’ll tell him he was our doode. i love you, man. can’t comprehend talking to someone damn near everyday and wake up and they’re gone. i will miss you so much, beyond the music that changed my high school / young adult world. i’m gunna miss my friend. RIP malcolm. check on your friends.. even the strong funny ones.
Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
#RIPMacMiller you were a super nice, funny and warm dude and I really enjoyed the time we got to hang together in the studio… Pittsburgh for life man, you will be missed. @MacMiller pic.twitter.com/dvcVytfKpF— Ryan Tedder (@RyanTedder) September 7, 2018
one of the most kindest human beings i knew, i truly can’t believe this shit right now. a true artist and true friend. may you rest in peace Mac, will miss you and your music very very much— Aminé (@heyamine) September 7, 2018
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this hurts my heart man RIP bro @MacMiller— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) September 7, 2018
My guy MAC MILLER...rest up bro— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) September 7, 2018