TMZ is reporting that Mac Miller died of an apparent overdose this afternoon. He was 26.
Authorities were alerted by a male friend who called 911 from Mac’s San Fernando Valley home. When they arrived, he was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.
Miller had a history of substance abuse – Wikipedia says he had been addicted to lean AKA “purple drank” aka promethazine and codeine. He had apparently kicked promethazine in November 2012, before he started shooting his reality show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family.
However, his demons must have come back to haunt him as it was his addiction that eventually led to the breakup of his two-year relationship with Ariana Grande.
Things took a turn for the worse this year:
The rapper wrecked his G-Wagon by wrapping it around a utility pole back in May and was arrested for DUI and hit and run. He fled the scene but cops say he later confessed at his home. He blew 2 times the legal limit.
After his arrest Ariana tweeted, “Pls take care of yourself” and was clearly concerned about substance abuse.
Some people blamed Ariana for Mac’s DUI, but she responded:
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 added, “Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was.”
Sources close to Mac tell TMZ, friends of his warned people not to bring up the subject of his relationship with Ariana because it was “too touchy.”
Miller was scheduled to start a tour next month.
Mac Miller talking about fame and how it affected his drug use in this interview is haunting
“I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can’t even get out of his house. Overdosing is just not cool. You don’t go down history bc you overdose. You just die” pic.twitter.com/GylP8GRH2Y
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) September 7, 2018
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. 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.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy 🙏🏽👼🏽 #pgh #412
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) September 7, 2018