Rapper Mac Miller was found dead at his house in Los Angeles's Studio City neighborhood. The artist allegedly died of drug overdose.
Born Malcolm James McCormick, the musician openly talked about his battle with substance abuse. Los Angeles police even charged him in August with driving under the influence when he crashed his car into a pole last May.
Mac Miller's Death
According to the authorities, the rapper was seen unconscious inside his home. Until this time, the autopsy is still on process and the reason for his death has not been determined yet.
"Authorities were called and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m.," reported the County of Los Angeles medical examiner on Sept. 7.
"I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years," said Ariana Grande, when she explained that his struggle with addiction is not a reason for their breakup.
Before his death, the singer had been preparing to start his tour following the release of his Swimming album. The tour was supposed to start in San Francisco on Oct. 27.
A Tribute For The Rapper
"Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met," said Tom Corson, Warner Bros. Records co-chairman and COO.
He also added that the rapper's death was considered such a great loss and cuts short the talent and the life of someone who had such a big potential, where the possibilities seemed limitless.
His Music And Career
The 26-year-old musician was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 19, 1992. He previously released mixtapes under his past alias EZ Mac and as a member of Ill Spoken, a music group during his teenage years.
The musician's album Blue Slide Park, which was released in 2011 became the first ever independently distributed hip-hop album to debut at the top spot of Billboard's album charts. Despite its sales, it garnered bad reviews. According to him, the criticism that he got with the album drove him to abuse a substance that is a combination of promethazine and codeine.
Mac Miller's following album released in 2013 titled Watching Movies With the Sound Off got better reviews from critics. He then became close with Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and Vince Staples.
He soon improved his sound in GO:OD AM, his 2015 album after he had leaped from party rap style to lyricism to jazz-influenced songwriting.