Mac Miller, Rapper Who Wrestled With Fame and Addiction, Dies at 26


    Mac Miller, the 26-year-old rapper known for his canny wordplay and artistic reinvention, died Friday at his Los Angeles home. The apparent cause of death was a drug overdose.


    “Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said in a statement. “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.”

    “I really wouldn’t want just happiness,” Mr. Miller said in an interview this week in Vulture, addressing his mental health. “And I don’t want just sadness either. I don’t want to be depressed. I want to be able to have good days and bad days.”

    In 2016, Mr. Miller found a more extreme form of fame through a romantic relationship with the pop star Ariana Grande. He appeared on “The Way,”a 2013 collaboration with Ms. Grande, that reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest-charting single. Ms. Grande announced this year that the couple had broken up.

    Miller’s peers shared their memories and condolences of the rappers following his death. “Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy,” tweeted fellow Pittsburgh rapper and former labelmate. Chance The Rapper also tweeted his condolences: “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. Im completely broken. God bless him.” “Rest in your peace Mac Miller,” wrote Solange Knowles. “Always exuded so much kindness and goodness. Than you for sharing your gifts with us all.”

    In an interview with New York‘s Craig Jenkins, Miller frankly addressed his mental health and substance abuse issues. ““I really wouldn’t want just happiness, and I don’t want just sadness either,” he said. “I don’t want to be depressed. I want to be able to have good days and bad days.”