Mac miller confirmed dead at 26
UPDATE (9/7/18, 7:30 p.m. ET): Mac Miller’s family has released a statement about his death, per E! News. It reads, “Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
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 statement about 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
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
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
God fucking dammit. You were such an incredible person. You changed so many lives. Had so much love in your heart. You inspired me throughout highschool, and I wouldn't be where I was today without you. Never a more kind and sincere and beautiful person. I fucking love you mac.
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) September 7, 2018
I can’t keep losing friends like this…I wish I spent more time with you these past weeks…I’m so sorry… rip MAC…you wrote the soundtrack to my college years and I’m so happy I got to know you…this sucks this really really sucks.
— CHARLIE PUTH (@charlieputh) September 7, 2018
Sad day ! Hung out with Mac a few times over the last few years and he was a lovely guy and ridiculously talented . Rest well buddie
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) September 7, 2018
Rest In Peace Mac Miller. It’s a sad day.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 7, 2018
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This just really saddened me. I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were. As well as being a great talent, he was a great human. Love and prayers to his family and friends. I don’t know what else to say. It’s so heartbreaking.
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Today is a bad dream. Thank you Mac. For being a visionary. A smiling, laughing, kindhearted individual. Thank you for being the soundtrack to my high school years. For giving me songs I knew every single word to and screamed at the top of my lungs in my first car the year I got my license. Thank you for giving me punchlines and inside jokes with my best friends. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a good friend to Gerald. For making millions of people happy even when you were suffering. Check on your friends. Please. Call them. Tell them you love them. Be a resource that comes with no judgment. Let your friends unfold without feeling like they are burdening you. Rest easy, Mac. We love you so so so very much.