On Friday afternoon, 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller was found dead at his California home. On Friday evening, Miller’s family and record label released statements confirming the multiple reports of his passing.
Tom Corson, the Warner Bros. Records’ Co-Chairman and COO, said:
‘All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing. Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humour that touched everyone he met. Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.’
Reportedly, Miller’s family told TMZ, ‘Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers.’
While it’s been reported that Miller had died was an apparent overdose, neither statement included comment on the cause of his death. (According to a CNN source, the Los Angeles coroner’s office will conduct an investigation into Miller’s death.)
Throughout his career, Miller was vocal about his struggle with substance abuse. In May 2018, Miller crashed his car into a utility pole and was arrested for driving under the influence–according to multiple reports, Miller left the scene and later confessed to the police at his home.
Miller recently told Vulture, ‘I used to rap super openly about really dark shit because that’s what I was experiencing at the time. That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions.’
Just last month Miller released his critically-acclaimed fifth studio album, Swimming. Miller was preparing to go on tour, which was scheduled to start in October, and on Thursday, he tweeted about how excited he was to perform.
This post originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com
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