Mac Miller Dead at 26
Published Sep 07, 2018Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26.
Miller died of an apparent overdose, TMZ reports. The rapper released his Swimming LP just last month.
TMZ reports that Miller was found at his home in the San Fernando Valley, CA, and was pronounced dead at the scene Friday (September 7) afternoon. The site adds that authorities were alerted by a male who placed a 911 call.
UPDATE (9/7, 8:15 p.m. EDT): Mac Miller's family has now released a statement concerning his death. Given to Rolling Stone, the statement reads, "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."
In May of this year, Miller was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing his car while drunk and leaving the scene.
That same month, he ended his relationship with Ariana Grande after dating for two and a half years, remaining "the closest of friends."
Miller was set to embark on "The Swimming Tour" with Thundercat next month.
Born Malcolm James McCormick in Pittsburgh, Miller first began rapping at age 14, releasing his first mixtape as EZ Mac in 2007. He delivered mixtapes The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life before signing with Rostrum Records in 2010. Miller released his breakthrough mixtape K.I.D.S. through the label that same year.
Miller delivered his debut LP Blue Slide Park in 2011, which became only the second independent hip-hop record to top the Billboard 200 chart. Miller released follow-up Watching Movies with the Sound Off in 2013, which featured appearances from Jay Electronica, Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q and more.
Also, 2013 saw Miller produce and release music under alias, sharing instrumental mixtape Run-On Sentences Vol. 1 under the moniker Larry Fisherman. Under the same alias, he produced the entirety of Vince Staples' 2013 mixtape Stolen Youth. That same year, Miller also released a self-produced, self-titled mixtape as Delusional Thomas.
In 2014, Miller independently released his 10th mixtape Faces. The year also saw him leave Rostrum to sign a recording contract and distribution deal with Warner Bros. for his own label, REMember Music.
In 2015, Miller released his major label debut GO:OD AM. He followed that album with 2016's The Divine Feminine.
Miller also built himself a sizeable production discography, lending his work to albums and mixtapes from Lil B, SZA, Ab-Soul, Riff Raff, Mike G, Smoke DZA and more.
Miller was open about his history of substance abuse, both in interviews and on his own recordings. In 2013, he revealed that he had developed an addiction to promethazine/codeine while using lean while touring behind his Macadelic mixtape in 2012. He said he overcame his addiction that same year.