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Mac Miller dies

By | Published on Monday 10 September 2018

Mac MIller

Rapper Mac Miller was found dead at his LA home on Friday. He was 26. An official cause of death is yet to be confirmed, pending an autopsy. However, it has been widely reported as being drug related.

The death was confirmed by the County Of Los Angeles medical examiner, who confirmed that the rapper was “found unresponsive in his home” and “pronounced dead at the scene at 11.51am”.

In a statement, his family said: “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. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time”.

Miller was open about his struggle with substance abuse and had been through a period of sobriety. But in May this year he was arrested on drink driving charges.

He released his fifth album, ‘Swimming’, last month. Featuring collaborations with artists including Snoop Dogg, Syd, Thundercat, Dev Hynes and Flying Lotus, it was one of his most critically acclaimed albums and debuted at number three in the Billboard album chart.

Despite being only 26, he had already had a substantial career in music, having first started gaining popularity aged fourteen under the name EZ Mac.

Many friends and collaborators paid tribute following the news of his untimely death, including Childish Gambino, who said on stage in Chicago on Saturday night: “He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘this corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude’, and we used to talk”.

He went on: “And this kid, he just loved music. We should be allowed to be sad about it. I feel good about being sad, because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment. Everybody in this room deserves that”.