Rapper Mac Miller 26 was found dead on Friday of an apparent overdose.He was reportedly found in his Studio home in Los Angeles.Miller had publicly struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, and had a well-publicized DUI arrest in May of this year.
Miller had been open about his addiction issues in the past, and had discussed his dependence on lean — a combination of codeine and promethazine — extensively. After a years-long period of sobriety, he began to drink again. According to tweets from his girlfriend of two years, Ariana Grande, his substance abuse was a reason the pair broke up. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she wrote. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course)
His final album, Swimming, was released last month and featured collaborations with Thundercat and John Mayer and production from Jon Brion. It was his most critically acclaimed album to date, and marked a return to the commercial success that defined his early career, debuting at Number Three on the Billboard charts. The album, an artistically assured effort, contained lyrics that discussed both his sobriety and his recent DUI.
Miller’s peers shared their memories and condolences of the rappers following his death. “Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy,” tweeted fellow Pittsburgh rapper and former labelmate. Chance The Rapper also tweeted his condolences: “Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.” “Rest in your peace Mac Miller,” wrote Solange Knowles. “Always exuded so much kindness and goodness. Than you for sharing your gifts with us all.