According to a report , Mac Miller has died of an apparent overdose. The Pittsburgh-native was found motionless in his San Fernando Valley home by law enforcement officials who pronounced him dead on the spot. Authorities were responding to a 911 call from friend of Miller’s who’d been staying at his residence.
Mac Miller substance abuse issues following his breakup with pop magnate Ariana Grande have been widely documented, and were the focus of his last album. He was set to embark on a North American Tour with J.I.D and Thundercat at the end of next month.
Miller’s family shared a statement to the Associated Press about his passing: “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans.”
Miller’s label, Warner Bros. Records, also released a statement: “Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and sense of humor that touched everyone he met. Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless.
The rapper and former boyfriend of Ariana Grande had reportedly struggled with substance abuse.
Mac was arrested in May after crashing his Mercedes G-Wagon in the wake of his split. Grande who has rebounded from the relationship, none-the-less tweeted “Pls take care of yourself” following the accident. The accident spurred a DUI in which Miller, in a lapse of judgement, attempted to flee the scene from his arresting officers.
Musicians and fans were stunned by the news of his death, which came just weeks before he was set to kick off a U.S. tour to promote the album.
“I just wanna go on tour,” he tweeted on Thursday. “The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow.”
Mac Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick and raised in Pittsburgh, released his first mixtape “But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy” at the age of 15 in 2007. At that time, he went by the moniker Easy Mac. He signed to Rostrum Records in 2010, eventually splitting from the label in 2014.
He rose to fame with his mixtape “Best Day Ever” in 2011, landing on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the single “Donald Trump.
Several news agencies have attempted to contact Miller’s inner-circle to no avail. For now the situation must be considered a development story, We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.