According to reports out of TMZ, rapper Mac Miller passed away from a drug overdose this afternoon. The Pittsburgh native, born Malcolm James McCormick, had just released his fifth studio album, titled Swimming, and was slated for multiple shows throughout the year.
The news of Mac’s death has sent shock-waves through the hip-hop world, with multiple artists reaching out to offer their condolences to the young rapper’s family and to honor his contribution to hip-hop. Mac Miller’s battles with drug addiction were well known to fans and personal friends of the rapper.
Mac was only 26 years old, and according to reports was found dead in his San Fernando Valley home around noon local time. As to what substances may have played a role is unknown at this time, though the singer has referenced multiple hardcore substances in the past in his lyrics, including cocaine, PCP, marijuana, lean, and more.
Just this year the rapper was arrested for a D.U.I. hit and run in which he allegedly crashed his Mercedes into a power line near his home. When police arrested the rapper, his B.A.C. was nearly twice the legal limit. Mac was also romantically involved with pop singer Ariana Grande for two years before the two split up earlier this year. Grande cited Miller’s substance use as a reasoning for the break-up.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for Miller and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years.”
In his latest album, Miller discusses practicing “Self-Care”, and learning to live for himself instead of engaging in reckless behavior and drug use. The rapper had never entered rehab or proclaimed public sobriety, but spoke in interviews about his having to be careful around drugs. On the album, Miller also discusses battling depression, paranoia, and ultimately finding self-acceptance.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Miller spoke about the difficulty in portraying a public persona versus figuring out who you are.
"Because then you have to live your whole life making sure that everything you do compliments that character. That, to me, sounds like the most stressful shit ever. If all I have to do at the end of the day is live with myself, I can figure that out.”
Mac Miller's music was often a public proclamation of his struggles with substance abuse. Although Miller has considered himself to be in control of his addiction, today shows us just how harmful and lethal narcotics can be. Landmark Recovery is a place where people struggling with substance abuse problems can find answers to the issues that have tormented them for months, years or decades. Our dedicated clinicians, nurses and medical staff will help you or your loved one find solutions that work for a lifetime. Call one of our caring admissions consultants today to find out about our comprehensive treatment programs for drug and alcohol recovery.