Platinum-selling rapper Mac Miller was found dead on Friday (7th September) of an apparent overdose. According to Variety, the 26-year-old star was found in his California home at about noon.
“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,” said his family in a statement. “Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
Born Malcolm McCormick on 19th January 1992, Mac Miller first broke into the hip-hop scene at 14 under the alias EZ Mac. He quickly racked up an enormous following as a talented wordsmith while still in his teens, releasing a series of mixtapes.
Mac released five studio albums throughout his career, starting with his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park. His most recent album – “Swimming” – debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. He was set to kick off a tour in support of the album in late October.
Your life's short, don't ever question the length
It's cool to cry, don't ever question your strength.
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) September 8, 2018
The rapper had publicly struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, and had a well-publicized DUI arrest in May of this year. “I used to rap super openly about really dark s—,” he told Vulture in a profile that published on Thursday. “That’s what I was experiencing at the time. That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions.”
He was also in a long-term relationship with songstress Ariana Grande. The couple ended their relationship past May.
You will be missed, Mac Miller. We hope that you’re in a better place now. #RIP
Sources: Variety, Rolling Stone.