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Rapper Mac Miller Dies at 26


Mac Miller, the rapper, singer and record producer behind songs “Self Care” and “Smile Back,” has died, according to multiple published reports. He was 26.

Miller was found dead at his home in Studio City, California, of a possible drug overdose, two law enforcement sources told NBC News

The Pittsburgh native, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, had a difficult year. In May 2018, Miller was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing his Mercedes-Benz into a pole. That same month, Miller also split from pop star Ariana Grande.

When announcing their breakup, Grande had previously said that Miller was “one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet,” adding: 

“I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!”

Miller recently tweeted the singer in support of her new single “No Tears Left To Cry,” saying he was “very proud of this girl.”

After a suicide bomber killed 22 concert-goers at an Ariana Grande performance in Manchester, U.K., in 2017, Miller canceled several of his own performances to be with his then-girlfriend when she returned to the states.

Grande cited Miller’s substance abuse problem as the reason for their breakup after two years of dating. 

Fellow musicians tweeted tributes to the late star.

At one time, President Trump threatened to sue Miller over the 2011 hit song “Donald Trump” after the rapper gave a critical interview of Trump.

Miller was supposed to start touring next month in promotion of his album, “Swimming,” which was released on Aug. 3. 

Foul play is not suspected so the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is likely to lead the investigation. It may be several months before a final medical examiner’s report is released with the toxicology results. 

The death was first reported by TMZ.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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