Mac Miller passed away today at the age of 26. The rapper was found unconscious in his Los Angeles home around noon on Friday. He was pronounced dead on the scene with the cause of death being an overdose.
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” a statement from his family said. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans.”
As sad as it is to say, this does not come as a surprise to me. He has admitted to having a substance abuse problem in the past. Something that ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, made clear was one of the reasons for their split earlier this year. She went as far as saying ‘I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be.’
Grande has yet to comment on the rapper’s death.
Miller was about to head out on a tour in support of his latest album, Swimming next month. In an eerie way, he spoke about his need to express the dark side of life lyrically in an interview published yesterday.
From his Vulture interview published Sept. 6, 2018.
Your mind works through the worst with the guy who made Faces, the 2014 mixtape full of ominous lyrics about hard drugs and musings on premature death. “I used to rap super openly about really dark shit,” he says of that time in his life and artistry and the mark it has left on the way audiences connect the facts of his life with the themes of his music, “because that’s what I was experiencing at the time. That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions.”
Unfortunately, this is true. In another recent interview with Rolling Stone, Miller said, ‘If a bunch of people think I am a huge drug addict, OK. Cool. What can I really do? Go talk to all those people and be like ‘Naw man, it’s really not that simple? Have I done drugs? Yeah. But am I a drug addict? No.’
It’s just a sad day. Drugs are a terrible thing. Get help if you need it. Addiction is not a joke.
Rest easy, Mac.
Watch his last performance ever below.
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