Mac Miller Dead At 26
Rapper Mac Miller has reportedly died at the age of 26, according to TMZ.
The Pittsburgh native, born Malcolm James McCormick, was found in his San Fernando Valley home around noon on Friday, Sept. 7, law enforcement sources told TMZ. He was pronounced dead of an apparent drug overdose.
Miller began his rap career as a teenager, releasing a slew of mixtapes starting with 2007’s But My Mackin' Ain’t Easy under the moniker Easy Mac. He released his debut studio album, Blue Slide Park, via Pittsburgh indie label Rostrum Records in 2011. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the first independent debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food clinched the top spot in 1995. The impressive feat prompted Forbes to question whether Miller could be indie music’s savior.
In the following years, Miller continued to steadily tour and release albums, netting several Top 5 entries on the Billboard 200. The constant activity helped make him the youngest MC to grace Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings list several years in a row. Last month, Miller released his fifth studio album, Swimming, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Miller struggled with drug use throughout his career, telling Complex in 2013 that he became addicted to lean—typically a mixture of soda and prescription cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine—while on tour. “I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy,” Miller said in his Complex cover story. “I was so f**ked up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn’t even look at me the same. I was lost.”
Miller dated pop singer Ariana Grande from August 2016 to May 2018. Following their breakup, Grande wrote on an Instagram story, "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."
Fans and celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their condolences following Miller’s death. “I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever,” Chance the Rapper wrote. “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.”
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MARCH 24: The DJ Mac Miller performs live on stage during the second day of Lollapalooza Brazil Festival at Interlagos Racetrack on March 24, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrolli/2018/09/07/report-mac-miller-dead-at-26/#453b408835ba