US rapper Mac Miller died of a suspected drug overdose on Friday.
Media reports say the 26-year-old, who was open about his substance abuse, died from an apparent overdose. The musician was pronounced dead at 11:51 a.m. at his Studio City, California, home, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed in a statement.
He was “a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans.” his family said, in a statement confirming his death.
The Los Angeles county coroner’s office said he had been found unresponsive in his home in the Studio City neighborhood. Variety reported that he had died of an apparent overdose.
The Los Angeles Police Department said it was called to a “death investigation” at an address in the Valley Crest area of north Hollywood at 11.50am on Friday. Emergency services had been sent to a patient in cardiac arrest, according to a dispatch call obtained by celebrity news site TMZ.
In August, Los Angeles police charged the rapper with driving under the influence when he crashed his car into a pole this May.
“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing. Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met”, Tom Corson, co-chairman and COO of Miller’s record company said in a statement.
— Warner Bros. Records (@wbr) September 7, 2018
Miller was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 19 January 1992. Miller first gained a following at age 18 with his mixtape K.I.D.S. in 2010. His best-known songs include Loud, Smile Back, and a collaboration with Grande called The Way.
His most commercially successful album was his 2011 Blue Side Park which topped the charts. It became the first independently distributed hip-hop album to debut at No 1 on the Billboard album charts. This year, his release Swimming hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 list of top albums.
Mac Miller was the former boyfriend of pop star Ariana Grande. The pair were together from 2016 until early 2018. Grande was often seen as the inspiration for Miller’s songs.
Miller performed with Grande at a memorial concert following the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and the pair released music together before their split earlier this year. Responding to a fan on Twitter who blamed her for the split, Grande referred to their relationship as “toxic”.
“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & 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. I didn’t share how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”
Comments on Grande’s Instagram account appear to have been disabled following an influx of comments blaming her for Miller’s death.