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Rapper Mac Miller Dead At 26

The rapper was known for creating music that frankly discussed his battle with addiction.

By Eric Shorey

The rapper and singer known as Mac Miller (Malcolm James McCormick) has passed away at the age of 26-years-old from an apparent drug overdose.

Miller was found unresponsive at his home in the San Fernando Valley, California and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to TMZ. A friend of Miller's had contacted 911 from a phone at the home. First responders were alerted of a possible cardiac arrest at the scene.

Miller's struggle with drugs had been a public battle. He had been arrested for a DUI and a hit-and-run in May 2018 after he smashed his G-Wagon into a power line and fled the scene, according to TMZ. He later confessed to the crime.

Pop singer Ariana Grande, who Miller dated until this spring, discussed the ways that Miller's addiction had gotten in the way of their relationship.

"I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years." she had written on Twitter after fans blamed her for his drug usage, according to Entertainment Tonight. "Of course I didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was."

Miller's 2014 mixtape, "Faces," discussed his struggles with drugs. 

Before that, Miller had been outspoken about his desire to beat his addiction.

"I'd rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can't even get out of his house," the rapper had said in 2012, according to TMZ. "Overdosing is just not cool. You don't go down in history because you overdose. You just die."

A profile of the artist published by Vulture earlier this week had Miller discussing his personal demons and his music.

“I used to rap super openly about really dark sh*t,” he told Vulture. “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 scheduled to go on tour next month, according to Stub Hub.

[Photo: Mac Miller by Rich Fury / Getty Images]