Mike A. Bryan, A&E Editor
Mac Miller, a Pittsburgh native, has passed away at the age of 26 of an apparent overdose. Mac, full name Malcolm McCormick, was widely known and respected in the hip hop world and his death has been felt far and wide. Ariana Grande, Mac’s longtime girlfriend and recent ex, had this to say: “I adored you from the day I met you when I was 19, and I always will. I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore,” she continued, “You were my dearest friend. For so long. Above anything else. I’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to.”
It appears that even with his fame, money, and success, Mac Miller was a troubled young man, as evidenced by his recent car crash where he received a DUI and totaled his vehicle. Chance the Rapper offered through a series of tweets, “I don’t know what to say 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. I’m completely broken. God bless him. It’s so crazy cause [Earl Sweatshirt] literally hit me up this morning him and [Vince Staples] were real friends I met at a pivotal time in my life through mac. This shit hurts so bad. If you love someone [make] sure u tell em.”
Cole, Halsey, and Post Malone also spoke out about the rapper’s death, offering condolences and expressing their intense sense of loss; Drake dedicated a show to the rapper’s memory. Clearly, his passing is being felt by many fans, friends and others. Mac started his career in Pittsburgh, and his debut album “Blue Slide Park” is named after a real place in his old neighborhood. That slide is currently covered in candles and memorabilia from his fans, showing the huge impact that he had on his fans. Twitter and social media exploded in the hours after the news broke, with fans and other artists issuing statements of surprise, anger, sadness and loss.
According to Ariana Grande, Mac’s substance abuse problems were ongoing and a major reason that they broke up. They dated for about two years before she ended the relationship, referring to it as “toxic.” From others that knew him, Mac Miller was a kind-hearted, loving, caring, sweet guy, who loved making music for his fans. His positive influence affected a generation of other artists and the outpouring of condolences on social media are evidence of his affect on others. His loss is a true blow to the world of hip hop and to music overall.