Mac Miller, rapper and producer, dies at 26

Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 12:36:10-04

Rapper and producer Mac Miller has died, his family and lawyer said Friday.

He was 26.

“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans,” his family said in a statement. “There are no further details available as to the cause of his death.”

Los Angeles Fire Department officials said they responded to a death investigation at a home at the 11600 block of Valleycrest Road on Friday. TMZ reports Miller was found dead at the scene.

Miller had dated singer Ariana Grande for two years before their relationship ended in May. She later called the relationship toxic but said she continued to support his sobriety. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she tweeted at the time.

That month, Miller was arrested for a misdemeanor DUI after reportedly crashing into a light pole in San Fernando Valley. Police said Miller and his two passengers attempted to flee the scene by foot.

He was vocal about his struggle with sobriety, often referencing drug use in his music and giving candid interviews with reporters. “I made a stupid mistake. I’m a human being,” Miller told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio show. “But it was the best thing that could have happened. I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally have the whole thing stop.”

Fellow rappers and musicians paid tribute to Miller on Friday, shortly after news of his death broke.