Mac Miller has unfortunately died after a drug overdose at the age of 26.
The American rapper’s body was found at his home in San Fernando Valley just outside of Los Angeles on Friday around midday. TMZ reported that the rapper was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mac Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was very open about his struggles with substance abuse throughout his career and portrayed his struggles through his music especially on his 2014 mixtape Faces.
A few hours before his death, Miller posted a video on his Instagram story of a vinyl record playing a small part of his song, So it Goes from his latest album Swimming which was released just last month. Miller was set to go on tour on October 27 in San Francisco.
The rapper struggled after his breakup with American popstar Ariana Grande. The pair were together for two years.
Grande took to Instagram announcing her breakup with Miller writing,
“Hi! This is one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet Malcolm McCormick.
“I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us! Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you. I can’t wait to know and support you forever and I’m so proud of you!!”
In May, Miller was arrested after crashing his Mercedes-Benz in San Fernando Valley with a blood alcohol level twice over the legal limit. Last month, he was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of drugs.
After the crash, Grande tweeted:
In July, the rapper broke his silence on Beats 1 on Apple with Zane Lowe talking about the incident and what happened after his breakup with Grande.
“I made a stupid mistake. I’m a human being. But it was the best thing that could have happened. Best thing that could have happened. I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally have the whole thing stop.
“I have people that care about me and fans that love my music and it’s a beautiful relationship with them — people who have been with me through being a 19-year-old wide-eyed kid to being a self-destructive depressed drug user to making love music to all these different stages. Then they see something like that and they worry,” he said.
“So your first reaction is, ‘Let me tell them I’m cool.’”
After the pair split, Grande labelled her and Miller’s relationship “toxic,” defending herself and fiancé, Saturday Night Live co-host Pete Davidson of being the reason behind the rappers downward spiral.
Grande posted a note on Twitter about her breakup with Miller saying:
“How absurd that you minimise female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn’t the case (just Cinderella is ab me),”
“I am not a babysitter, or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course), but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem.”
Grande is now said to have disabled her comments on Instagram after fans began to blame her for the death of her ex-boyfriend. The popstar’s fans came to her defence on Twitter saying that it isn’t her fault.
Heartbroken Ariana Grande took to Instagram yesterday posting a photo and paying tribute to her ex-boyfriend.
A source has told Us Weekly that, “Her entire family is in shock too. They all grew close to Mac during his relationship with Ari.
“He was a huge part of her life, and they always shared such a special bond. She wanted nothing but positivity in Mac’s life after they broke up.”
Musicians have also taken to social media with heartfelt messages for Mac.
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– Written by Samia Sahid