Remembering Mac Miller

Remembering Mac Miller

Malcom James McCormick, known professionally as Mac Miller, has sadly passed away from an apparent overdose in his LA home on Friday, September 7th at just 26 years old. Authorities responded to a 911 call from a friend who found Miller unconscious around noon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mac Miller struggled publicly with addiction for many years and spoke candidly about it. Earlier this year, Miller was arrested for a DUI after he hit a pole with his car. He spoke about the incident with Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe back in July,

“I made a stupid mistake. I’m a human being. Like, I drove home drunk. But it was the best thing that could have happened…I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally like, have the whole thing stop.”

Miller’s most recent album, Swimming, dropped last month and he was set for a music video shoot on the night he passed away.

Mac Miller started rapping at age 14 and signed his first record deal in 2010 with Pittsburgh-based indie record label Rostrum Records. His debut studio album Blue Slide Park debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, making it the first independently-distributed debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound's 1995 album, Dogg Food.

In 2013, Miller launched REMember Music, his own label imprint, named after a friend who passed away.

The following year, Miller signed a new record deal with Warner Bros., as well as a distribution deal for his label. He also served as a record producer under the alias Larry Fisherman, producing music for various artists including SZA, Vince Staples, Riff Raff, and himself.

Miller went on to release 5 studio albums, 12 mixtapes, 2 EPs, and one live album before sadly passing away in 2018.

Since his passing, there has been an outpouring amount of love and sadness as family, friends, and fans alike grieve the untimely death of Mac.

Sadly while many were expressing their condolences, some people have used Miller's death as an opportunity to take shots at his ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande. Soon after news broke, Instagram users took the the comments section of Ariana’s recent posts to blame her for Mac’s passing. Comments on Grande’s IG have since been disabled but that did not stop many from accusing Ariana of being at fault for his death.

The couple dated for just under two years and broke up in May this year. Grande announced the breakup with an Instagram post stating that although the two have broken up, they will remain close friends writing that Mac is “one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet. I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!”


Fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on how Ariana is being blamed for the tragedy.

While this is a sad time for, well everyone, we need to remember what we loved about Mac Miller, musically and personally.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-487-4889.

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