Los Angeles: Rapper-producer Mac Miller, who began his rise in the music industry in his late teens, has died. He was 26.
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans,” his family wrote.
There were no details on the cause of his death. The Los Angeles Police Department told that officers responded to a call for a death investigation at the 11600 blocks of Valleycrest Road here just before Friday noon local time.
He was found unresponsive at his home in the Studio City neighborhood and pronounced dead there, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement.
Celebrity website reported that Miller died of an apparent drug overdose. Reuters could not confirm that. Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, had discussed his use of drugs, particularly the misuse of prescription cough syrup, in media interviews and rap lyrics.
The coroner’s office did not release the cause of death, saying an autopsy was pending. Miller’s family in a statement confirmed the death and called him “a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans.”
The coroner’s office will handle the investigation, according to police. Miller started his journey in music as a teenager by putting out mixtapes in his native Pittsburgh. In 2012, his first album, Blue Slide Park, became the first independent debut album to hit the top of the Billboard chart in more than 16 years. Miller was 19.
He released his fifth studio album, Swimming, last month. He was set to perform a series of concerts in support of the record starting in late October, with the opener scheduled to take place at the Greek Theatre here. “Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artiste, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humour that touched everyone he met,” Tom Corson, co-chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros. Records, Miller’s label, said in a statement.
In May, Miller was arrested in Los Angeles in connection with a car crash and was later charged with driving under the influence.
Grande, after a Twitter user appeared to blame her for the break-up, wrote on the social media platform in May that the relationship was “toxic” and she had “cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years.”
Miller was scheduled to launch a US tour next month and had tweeted about it on Thursday. “I wish it started tomorrow,” he wrote.