Mac Miller dead
Mac Miller dead at age 26

Pittsburgh rapper, Mac Miller, was found dead on Friday of an apparent overdose at the age of 26. According to reports, he was found in his home in Studio City, California. Police reported Mac Miller dead at earlier today.

Malcolm James McCormick, AKA Mac Miller, had suffered from a public struggle against substance abuse for most of his career. The Los Angeles Attorney’s Office had recently charged the rapper, officially, with a DUI in the wake of a May car accident in the San Fernando Valley.

Mac Miller Dead Resulting From Apparent Overdose

As stated above, Miller had made his drug abuse struggles a matter of public record, with frequent references to drug abuse showing up in his music.

In an interview with Vulture magazine last Thursday, Miller said: “I used to rap super openly about really dark shit. 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 and singer Ariana Grande had been the subject of a longterm relationship, which ended in May of this year. Following a car accident and subsequent arrest, Grande tweeted “pls take care of yourself.”

Grande had voiced her opinions on the topic of addiction and its role in their breakup. “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 or blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem.”

Miller was in the process of preparing for a U.S. tour following his August 3rd album release, Swimming. “I just wanna go on tour,” he said in a Thursday tweet. “The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow.”

Miller made his move into the world of hip-hop when he was in high school. In 2007, at the age of 15, he released a mixtape by the name of “But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy”, following it up in subsequent years with two solo mixtapes, “The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown” and “The High Life.” In addition to this, he also collaborated with rap group, the Ill Spoken, before signing a deal with indie record label, Rostrum Records, in 2010.

What followed was a closely regarded and well-documented rise to indie fame as a niche rapper and singer, as well as flirting with music production. This rise to success was accompanied by an increasingly problematic public life, dogged by legal troubles, a turbulent and well-reported relationship with Grande, and other problems with his public image.

“It just seems exhausting to always be battling something … to always be battling for what you think your image is supposed to be,” Miller said. “You’re never going to be able to get anything across. It’s never gonna be the real … No one’s gonna ever really know me.”

With Mac Miller dead, the hip-hop community is expected to produce a flurry of commentary in the following weeks. More on this as it develops.