Rapper Mac Miller, who just released his fifth studio album, has passed away. According to TMZ, the 26-year-old rapper died from a possible drug overdose. The site reports that law enforcement found Miller around noon on Friday at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Miller has had trouble with substance abuse for years. Shortly after his breakup with Ariana Grande in May, he wrecked his car in a collision utility pole. Miller was charged with a DUI and blew two times the legal limit.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Miller’s family said:
“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. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
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 humor 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.”
As the story continues to develop, we will update this post with more information. Our condolences go out to Miller’s family and loved ones.
If you or anyone you know are struggling with addiction, please reach out to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for assistance, even if you just need to talk.