Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26 after long substance abuse struggle

Deanna Kelley
September 9, 2018

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller dated for nearly two years before announcing their separation in May, but appeared to be on good terms with one-another.

Miller was found dead Friday afternoon at his San Fernando Valley home.

The LA coroner said the cause of Miller's death is yet to be determined and that a post-mortem examination will be carried.

Pop star Ariana Grande has appeared to pay tribute to her former partner, the platinum-selling hip-hop star Mac Miller, following the 26-year-old's sudden death.

According to TMZ, law enforcement sources believe Mac did overdose on drugs, but it makes "no sense" the rapper would have emptied the house of illegal substances, pill bottles and other drug paraphernalia beforehand on the off chance he might die.

"He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans", his family wrote in a statement obtained by CNN through Miller's publicist.

After Grande and Miller's split, the rapper was arrested and later charged with two counts of driving under the influence in August following a May DUI arrest in Los Angeles, California.

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Toxicology tests have been requested, but Mac's official cause of death can not be confirmed until they come back.

Grande and Miller had dated for about two years before breaking up earlier this year. Later, after a fan suggested their breakup was responsible for Miller's relapse, Grande responded, "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be". There was no evidence of drug use.

"This was a good man with a great heart".

He talked about his quest for sobriety in a 2016 Vogue profile, saying, "I'm just changing how I live life, my state of mind..."

Speaking about the speed of her new relationship to Zane Lowe, Ariana said she had no regrets about how her romance with Mac had ended.

Tributes to Miller came from rappers including Wiz Khalifa, a fellow Pittsburgh artist who took Miller under his wing.

Another collab soon followed suit when Ari guested on Mac's song My Favourite Part that same year.

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