Rapper Mac Miller, 26, found dead of an apparent overdose.
Miller was reportedly found in his Studio City, CA home.
His real name is Malcolm James McCormick, and he had a history of substance abuse. Just last month, Miller was officially charged with DUI by the Los Angeles Attorney’s Office, stemming from a car accident in May in the San Fernando Valley.
He had been open about his, frequently referencing drug abuse and death in his lyrics, most notably on the deeply personal 2014 mixtape “Faces.” “I used to rap super openly about really dark shit,” he stated recently in a feature in Vulture that published on Thursday. “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 was in a long-term relationship with Ariana Grande until this past May. Shortly after his aforementioned car accident and arrest that same month, Grande directed a tweet to him, “pls take care of yourself.”
When discussing their breakup, Grande made it clear addiction was part of the reason for their split. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she wrote on Twitter. “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 s— together is a very major problem.”
The Pittsburgh native was preparing to go on tour after releasing his most recent album, “Swimming,” on Aug. 3. The U.S. tour was set to kick off on Oct. 27 in San Francisco.