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Mac Miller dies of apparent overdose

Mac Miller at Governors Ball
Mac Miller at Governors Ball 2016 (photo by Amanda Hatfield)

Mac Miller has reportedly died of an overdose at age 26, TMZ reports. They write, “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.” As the article also points out, Miller has struggled with substance abuse in the past.

Very sad news. Rest in peace, Mac.

The rapper has mixtapes dating back to 2007, and he released his debut album, Blue Slide Park, in 2011. His latest (and fifth) album, Swimming, came out last month, and he was scheduled to tour behind it soon. Mac also has a collaborative 2013 mixtape with Vince Staples, and he has produced for other artists (often under the name Larry Fisherman), including Ab-Soul, SZA, and more.

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Fellow artists have paid tribute to Mac, including Chance the Rapper, Solange, Questlove, El-P, DeJ Loaf, Thursday’s Geoff Rickly, Diplo, Bas, Juicy J, Portugal. The Man, J Cole, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, The Internet, Raekwon, Casey Veggies, Lil Yachty, A$AP Ferg, Post Malone, Missy Eliott, Future, and more. Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) posted on his Instagram stories: “Please this can’t be true. Please. Bro we just spoke how can this be real.” See some more tributes below:

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Back in 2010 a rapper I never heard of named @macmiller called my phone asking for a feature. He was super gracious on the phone so I googled him and saw that he built quite an impressive following for himself online. I agreed to do the song so we got back on the phone to bounce ideas around. Even though he was a young new cat, he was driven to capture the truest essence of hiphop. He sent me a bunch of beats that felt like classic hiphop and it was my honor and my pleasure to work with him on what became the first of a couple of songs we did together, Family First. Every time I saw Mac on the road or at a party after that it always so much love love and respect. He was pure artist. Pure ambition. Pure heart. @clockworkdj who started out touring with me ended up becoming Mac’s tour dJ. Mac turned the platform @wizkhalifa provided for him into his own, he owned it and he repped for his city of Pittsburgh in a major way. Whenever issues of racist policing or white privilege came to the forefront, Mac Miller was alway one of the select few artists, of any genre, of any race, to speak up and speak out. Beyond being a great MC, Mac Miller made it a priority to show solidarity with the marginalized and the oppressed. What a shining light. He will be missed. #RIPMacMiller

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