Rapper Mac Miller was found dead on Friday of an apparent overdose, Variety has confirmed. He was 26.

He was found in his Studio City, Calif., home at about noon. His family released a statement about his death on Friday afternoon.

“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” reads the statement. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans.”

Miller had struggled with substance abuse in the past. Just last month, the Los Angeles Attorney’s Office officially charged the rapper with a DUI stemming from a car accident in May in the San Fernando Valley.

He had been open about his struggles previously, referencing drug abuse and death in his music, particularly in the deeply personal 2014 mixtape “Faces.” “I used to rap super openly about really dark s—,” he told Vulture in a profile that published on Thursday. “That’s what I was experiencing at the time. That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions.”

Miller had been in a long-term relationship with Ariana Grande, which ended this past May. Shortly after his car accident and arrest that same month, Grande tweeted “pls take care of yourself.”

When discussing their breakup, Grande made it clear addiction was part of the reason for their split. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she wrote on Twitter. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s— together is a very major problem.”

Miller had just been preparing to embark on a U.S. tour after releasing his most recent album, “Swimming,” on Aug. 3. It was set to kick off on Oct. 27 in San Francisco.

“I just wanna go on tour,” he tweeted on Thursday. “The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow.”

“Swimming” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, supported by singles “Small Worlds,” “Self Care,” and “What’s the Use?” In “Self Care,” he references his DUI and arrest, rapping, “That Mercedes drove me crazy, I was speedin’ / Somebody save me from myself, yeah / Tell them they can take that bullsh– elsewhere / Self care, we gonna be good / Hell yeah, they lettin’ me go.”

In the music video for the single, he also uses a knife to carve the words “Memento mori” — “remember you have to die” in Latin — into the lid of the coffin.

Aside from his music, Miller’s reality show “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” ran for two seasons on MTV2. He also appeared in 2013’s “Scary Movie 5” in a small role alongside Snoop Dogg.

Miller, a Pittsburgh native, decided to focus on hip-hop when he was in high school. In 2007, when he was just 15, he released the mixtape “But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy” under the name EZ Mac. In the following couple of years, he released two solo mixtapes, “The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown” and “The High Life,” in addition to one with rap group the Ill Spoken. He signed a deal with indie record label Rostrum Records in 2010.

The rapper led his 2011 mixtape, “Best Day Ever,” with the single “Donald Trump,” which marked the first time Miller hit the Billboard 100. It focused on Miller’s ambitions to become as financially successful as Trump, and resurfaced in popularity when Trump hit the presidential campaign trial in 2016. Miller, however, has since said that he was not a political supporter of Trump, describing him as “an egomaniacal, attention-thirsty, psychopathic, power-hungry, delusional waste of skin and bones” during the campaign, and sparking a Twitter war.

His first studio album, “Blue Slide Park,” came in 2011, led by the single “Frick Park Market.” It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, becoming the first independently released debut album to do so since 1995.

He released “Watching Movies With the Sound Off,” his second album, in 2013. It was largely produced by himself, under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman, and featured guest appearances such as Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, and Tyler, the Creator. Critics handed better reviews to his sophomore album, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. That same year, an appearance on Grande’s single “The Way” notched Miller his first Top 10 single, and he continued to develop as a producer, releasing the largely instrumental collection “Run-On Sentences Vol. 2” and producing a mixtape for Vince Staples.

In 2014, Miller left Rostrum and, after independently releasing “Faces,” he revealed that his label Remember Music had signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records for a reported $10 million. Tom Corson, co-chairman and COO of Warner Bros. Records, released a statement about his death on Friday afternoon.

“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing,” reads the statement. “Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a 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. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

Miller released his third album, “GO:OD AM,” in 2015, with the two singles, “100 Grandkids” and “Weekend.” “The Divine Feminine,” his fourth studio album, came the following year, featuring guest appearances from Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, and Ty Dolla Sign.

As Miller’s profile rose, though, he appeared in more tabloid headlines. In addition to his legal troubles — which, along with the DUI, included a 2012 lawsuit from producer Lord Finesse that was eventually settled out of court — his relationship and eventual breakup with Grande stayed in the news. In his Vulture profile, Miller opened up about how he approaches his public image.

“It just seems exhausting to always be battling something … to always be battling for what you think your image is supposed to be,” he said. “You’re never going to be able to get anything across. It’s never gonna be the real … No one’s gonna ever really know me.”

60 responses to “Mac Miller Found Dead of Suspected Overdose at 26”

  1. Prudence says:

    I’m in shock, my brain refused to believe what I’m reading. Condolences to his family…

  2. bbk says:

    This is one ignorant comment. If you want that type of news, go to CBS. If you’re on Variety, an entertainment trade magazine, then you’d expect news on celebs, Hollywood, etc. The people you named have nothing to do with that.

  3. drlisatait says:

    This is so sad. There is a serious epidemic occurring in our country right now. This is just tragic. Praying for his family.

  4. Reid says:

    Stay here with us! There’s always something to do, left to early Drugs kill!

  5. Real Talk says:

    Cool. How many hit albums do you have? When was your last world tour? How many people asked you for your autograph this week?

  6. Fly away kite says:

    What have you done Mr. Kite? At 26 years old this man has quite the accomplishments. No need to speak ill of the dead.

  7. Jlynn says:

    RIP Mac Miiler you where one of us, by us I mean one of the millions of people struggling with addiction.

  8. xd says:

    maybe you’re just uncultured babe x

  9. Lisa says:

    But I do agree with Grande that his addiction was not her responsibility. When someone is addicted they must own it. Their family and friends are not responsible for their sobriety. Nobody can make you get clean and if you expect them to all you’ll do is just pull them down with you.

  10. Oscar Marin says:

    How is it funny

  11. Amber says:

    Prayers to all those hurt by this loss. Another good one gone too early 💔

  12. #geniusML says:

    I WILL ALWAYS FEEL THE LOVE YOU AND MUSIC GAVE MY HEART!!
    IT’S NOT FAIR YOU HAD TO LEAVE US

  13. Danny says:

    RIP beautiful Mac. You were creative and inspiring. You had a great heart. Wish we could have seen you one last time on tour.

  14. Kevin Davis says:

    RIP Mac, thanks for the music and your time here

  15. Kas One says:

    only the good die young

  16. RossyZee says:

    I’m sadden to hear this young man and talented artist is gone due to drugs. May his soul be at peace, he’s surely in a better place

  17. Cody Vike says:

    I honestly can’t believe Mac is gone… So many good memories ridin’ to his music, hangin’ with friends, partying, you name it Mac Miller was on. Your time here was cut too short and you will be missed dearly. Fuck all these haters comin’ on here talking shit and slandering your name. Keep them Nikes on your feet Mac. Rest in Peace and much love.

  18. Crystal Bailey says:

    What a shock this is for me to hear…26 is ENTIRELY too young to leave this world..what an EXTREMELY talented artist Mac Miller was..my condolences to his family, friends and to his fans..FLY HIGH MAC!!! RIP!!!

  19. Jennifer says:

    He was such a good guy but had a huge battle with drugs. I was going to see him on tour… his music was so great im crying

    • Robin Field says:

      I am so terribly sad and sorry to hear about this rapper he was one of my son’s favorite. I only wished he would of reached out to the Lord Jesus and received his Salvation while he was struggling with his demons. (Addiction) are Lord is a Healer and I believe he would still be here today. God Bless his family. Rip Great Rapper!

  20. James says:

    Crazy ass news rip Mac u were a cool dude loved your music 😢

  21. Kimiko says:

    It’s really sad that addiction exists at all but it does and it’s continuing to get worse.Addiction is a sick disease it doesn’t discriminate against anyone.People are blinded,judgemental and even go as far as laughing making jokes about it and the people battling. I feel everyone needs to be educated about this disease that is continuing to kill people especially our youth.You never know what someone else has gone through and or what they possibly are battling with.Addiction needs to be talked about I’m positive we all know someone going through it.Always remain humble because this addict can one day be yourself.We can and do recover but all the time and effort that we put into to keep ourselves in our addiction we have to put in all the same time and effort and maybe even way more to become recovering addicts.From experiences the worst pain is knowing and loving an addict/addicts and knowing that you can’t save them
    I’m a recovering meth addict January 5,2018.

    • Bridget says:

      Congratulations on your sobriety, Kimiko! You must be incredibly strong and blessed to quit such a powerful drug! I commend you for embracing recovery, your family must be incredibly relieved and grateful! Wishing your continued strength, and a long and happy life!

  22. Liza says:

    U total asss!!!

  23. VIRLIE J SMITH says:

    My hometown talent…Pittsburgh..Sorrows and grief sometimes take its toll on the living. I’ll remember his light…and remember we all have an expiration date to meet. Shine until

  24. Cristina says:

    I listened to Mac Miller in 2014 and his music was a major force in helping me quit smoking so I could get married and have a baby.

  25. Easy Mac says:

    Yo you cant throw addicts under the bus everyone deserves a second or third chance depending on their past actions. Mg younger generation struggles with many things that yalll old ass mfs will never understand so get off our dick. Gassup rip easy! One love everyone burn 1 for this man thumbs up!!!

  26. Easy Mac says:

    Its crazy how theres headlines like ariana grandes ex boyfriend mac miller found dead from overdose wtf is that gtfo here. This mans a legend of the younger generation on his own

  27. Maria says:

    I’m sure all of his people are VERY aware of the drugs. If anything they may be the one’s running the errands getting the drugs. Drug tests are not even needed to confirm any performers state– check backstage. There’s your answer.

  28. Easy Mac says:

    Everyone is judged in the end it dont matter what u think we all are judged as equals. Nobody on this thread is better than mac or anybody in the world we are all equals but yall wont understand that cuz yall dont do drugs and shit that makes yall better than anyone that does them or anything lol pathetic. Free will is the greatest gift we can do anything but in the end we are all the same. From dust to dust ashes to ashes

  29. David says:

    Ariana will probably be upset by this news. Hope she is ok.

    • K.B. says:

      Yeah…I hope she will be ok too. I feel bad for her since people are blaming her. It isn’t her fault at all

  30. Gary Thompson says:

    I think the sky grows ill when promise joins it too early. Mac your heart was azure blue.

  31. David says:

    Drug addicts die far to early especially rapping singers.

  32. Sad says:

    He’s still be alive if the judge had thrown him in prison for his last dangerous crime, that could have affected others as well , he’s just the luck of god that it didn’t or he’d be in or life; at least be alive.
    Rip. The drug culture. The refusal of ca to build more prisons.

    • Snerdguy says:

      He might still be alive. But, the drug problems in many jails are worse than on the streets. So, just being incarcerated doesn’t guarantee anything. The best option is involuntary treatment which would increase his chances. But, addiction isn’t so easy to beat even with the best treatment and it’s not a guarantee of survival. Our country is desperately short of drug treatment facilities and funding. We spend billions of dollars for silly rockets to send people to Mars. Yet, we have a far more deserving issue at home. So, the deaths will continue until people change the government’s priorities.

  33. notanotherone says:

    Mac Miller was a good guy with a good heart. He was open to talk frankly about his demons and addictions. He did not want die this way!!! Addiction is a disease! We must ALL work together against it! The same with ANY horrible disease – less shame, less access, less glamorizing. MORE awareness, more support, more funding. More understanding as to how insidious addiction truly is! May god bless and keep his poor soul.

    • vaffangool says:

      @dspitt84:
      You’re just addicted to a Bronze Age cult of personality now. The religion that has grown up around it is responsible for much more misery in the form of oppression, torture, pederasty, corruption, persecution and war than is any addictive substance. Suffering as a consequence of such delusional cultural pathology may well be less a personal choice than is dying of substance abuse, but that hardly makes it preferable.

  34. digger15108 says:

    Little boy looks up into the sky and says “Daddy, how do stars die?” Daddy says, “drugs son, usually drugs”. Self imposed cause of death. Taking drugs is a choice, getting cancer, ALS, and other real diseases are not a choice. Spend the money fighting those diseases. The drugs will take care of themselves eventually. They made the choice, they must face the consequences. Everybody has a choice.

    • dspitt84 says:

      Digger15108 – I agree with your comment. You may be genetical predisposed to addictive/compulsive tendencies but you choose to be an addict. This comes from a person that struggled with addiction to opiates for years. Calling addiction a disease takes the responsibility away from the individual and in many occasions can be a cop out to go back into active addiction. Calling addiction a disease leaves one with no hope and means they will just have to cope with it the rest of their lives. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I’m here to tell you there is hope and you don’t have to be an addict the rest of your life.

    • Drew says:

      Diabetes is a disease, and those people chose to eat the way they did. Drug addiction is no different. Yes people do chose to do a drug but once using for a period, it no longer becomes a choice but a disease. It physically alters the chemicals in your brain where your brain thinks it needs that drug to survive. It puts in above food, sex, and sleep. Drug addiction is a disease of the brain. After using a drug for a period of time, your brain literally does not have the ability to chose not to do the drug anymore, it has rewired the decision making portion of the brain

    • Aimee Redwine says:

      That’s the thing though. You’ll know about it when your child is a drug addict. You won’t be so blase then.

  35. MD says:

    Another suicide by drug. We need to stop celebrating people who do this.

  36. Sad says:

    Drug test all performers.
    No money no work no drugs.

  37. Sam says:

    People do not understand why the police do not arrest all of the friends when a drug user dies to find the drug sellers.

  38. Cr says:

    Just reported that his house had been thoroughly cleaned before the cops arrived. No evidence found by the police.
    However gossip about the big party for days binger is out there. Nice friends. Helped their buddy die. Thanks.
    Rip.

    • Sam says:

      ………..copy……..
      ………What’s more … people were at Mac’s house both Thursday night and Friday … around the time someone called 911.

      Cops say no one has said they saw Mac alive after Thursday night.
      ……….

  39. Sam says:

    Deleting comments won’t change the druggies.

  40. Dan Webster says:

    Addiction is real, it’s foolish to say otherwise. There is help, but each person must choose to get it. And, we are all held responsible for our actions. We reap what we sow. It’s a shame that those who enabled Mac Miller’s drug use by providing and using with him, are not responsible or courageous enough to come forward and accept responsibility. This said, Mac Miller’s chose to accommodate and associate with drug users, thereby, guaranteeing his addiction and subsequent death. Nobody who abuses the hard drugs that he did, gets by forever with it! We reap what we sow, it’s a universal principal of God’s Word, it’s immutable, it’s inescapable! The only question now is; where is Mac Miller’s today??? Mac had a decision to make, to be sure! This idea that I can live any old life that I want to live and somehow, I’ll be received in Heaven is a pipe-dream. God never said that and He was very clear about this; that’s why people who are not ready to meet Him, are delirious at death, because in their souls, they know they weren’t ready to meet their Maker. I wish nothing but peace for Mac and his family. He had 26 years to make up his mind. What about you and I for that matter???

  41. diamondslb says:

    Anyone who knows an addict or knows a family member of an addict knows how difficult this disease is. And yes it is a disease because theres a physical and biological element to it. It is also treatable but because of what drugs do to our judgement many times addicts refuse treatment or they regress. Mac Miller is only one of tens of thousands of addicts who die of overdose every year. Sadly most who die are alone and destitute from their habit. I know its our nature to think that any single intervention from a family member or a friend could save an addict but truth is it has to come from them. They have to battle it. I’m so sorry for Macs family and friends.

  42. April says:

    I have follow this from day one and it really Piss me off. I REALLY FEEL like the police and everybody in the justice system is not doing nothing.He is a very special person and this is what the justice system is doing all because he was an addict.He still a person and I really believe he was drug. I wish the justice system would get up off there lazy butt and find his killer. I have no degree and I have put what I know together and man if I got what I got how the he’ll yall don’t know.we need new justice people or let me in there one and we will solve this. I DON’T think I can’t handle not knowing. And I’m sure he would want yall to bury the one who did this.please find out what happen he deserve the best and for yall to be working on this 24/7 until it solve. Just because he was an addict don’t mean he would over dose come on.

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