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Mac Miller Dead at 26
Rapper Mac Miller has reportedly died of an overdose at the age of 26, according to TMZ.
As TMZ reports:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Mac was found Friday at around noon at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene. Miller has had trouble recently with substance abuse … in the wake of his breakup with Ariana Grande. 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.
Miller had just released his fifth studio album, Swimming, a month earlier and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. His debut studio album in 2011 hit the charts at number one. This marked the first indie album to debut at number one since 1995.
Throughout his career, Miller was open about his struggles with addiction and anxiety. In a Vulture profile just this week, he said of his public image:
You know what’s funny? I feel like the public perception of me varies on who you ask. But there’s a bit of a freedom in knowing that people are going to think all types of shit, no matter what. It actually makes me less stressed about how my actions are perceived. It’s out of my control. I mean, to a degree … I could control it. I could live this squeaky clean life and everything. I could try to control the media. But I’ve been finding freedom in just living and letting people say whatever the fuck they want. Like, do I really care what Hollywood Life is saying? If I read a headline, and I’m like, “Wow, that’s completely untrue …” I’m like, “That’s as far as it goes. Okay, cool. So a bunch of kids now think that.” Fine. As long as I have people that are hearing my music, and there’s still that relationship … all that [other] shit lasts a day.
In May of 2018, Miller went through a breakup with singer Ariana Grande. When discussing her relationship with the rapper, she said she was no longer able to support his struggle with addiction. As she said on Twitter:
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 and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem. Let’s please stop doing that.
This post will be updated with more details as soon as they’re available.