Rapper Mac Miller Dies of Apparent Overdose at the Age of 26
Update: On Nov. 5, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office announced in a statement that Mac Miller died of an accidental drug overdose.
Rapper Mac Miller died of an apparent overdose Friday, according to TMZ. Miller, who released his last album “Swimming” a month ago, struggled with substance abuse for years.
In a 2016 documentary, Miller talked about his drug use and the effect success had on his addiction. “It kind of fucks you up when you have a bunch of money because if you try a drug and like it, you can buy a lot of it. I went through about everything,” he said, adding that he used drugs to become numb, and he hated being sober. He was arrested for a DUI and hit and run after totaling his car in May.
Miller is also known for his previous relationship with singer Ariana Grande. After the pair broke up in May, people blamed Grande for Miller’s drug use despite the fact Miller struggled with substance abuse before he met Grande.
Fans and fellow musicians posted their condolences on Twitter.
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
I’m so heartbroken about Mac Miller. I met him when he was 18 when I worked for Barstool. So many people said they came to the show just to see him. His fans loved him so much. I’m so sad for his friends and family. He will be missed.
— Jenna ????????Marbles (@Jenna_Marbles) September 7, 2018
RIP Mac Miller ???? @MacMiller Thanks for all your music and helping me fall in love with melodic rap and the good vibes.
— Something Like Kites (@SmthnglikeKites) September 7, 2018
It’s so tragic to hear about Mac Miller. The man made such genuinely brilliant music and was clearly a great soul ???? gone way too soon!! Look after each other! RIP Mac ???????????????? @MacMiller
— James Arthur ???? (@JamesArthur23) September 7, 2018
“No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile.” – Mac Miller
You impacted the lives of millions. You made so many days better for so many people. Rest in Paradise, you’ll never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/rRN9YvVBvJ
— Hip Hop (@HipHop) September 7, 2018
If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who are struggling with addiction. You can call SAMHSA‘s hotline at 1-800-662-4357.
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