A cause of death is yet to be determined, but a source tells PEOPLE the rapper had gone into cardiac arrest after appearing to suffer a drug overdose. Prior to his untimely death, Miller released his fifth and final album Swimming on Aug. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Miller was expected to go on tour starting on Oct. Here are 7 things to know about the late rapper.
The rapper was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to tell people I could rap. After releasing his next two mixtapes K. He Was a Reality Star. The series followed Miller after he moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. Whether he was getting a new tattoo, recording music, or vacationing in Hawaii, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family was filled with adventure and entertainment.
The show ended after the second season in A year later, Miller revealed why the show ended.
I did not want to go down as a reality TV star. I would be on tour, come back, have two days off, and I would be shooting [for the reality show] both those days. He Dated Ariana Grande. Following their breakup, Grande raved over Miller on Instagram. Go, go, keep going! As she should.
Now I have space for me. He also used cocaine. I was lost.
A lotta people can tell you, you go through some f—ing s—. Just dangerous. Drugs are not like a new thing. It was a clear struggle that played out in the media and internet, and the battle was understandable.
What do you do when everything you thought you wanted to achieve actually works? Mac laid his troubles bare, almost to a troubling degree. In a Fader documentary called Stopped Making Excuses , we see it right in front of us, as clear as day. Miller talks extremely frankly about his relationship with drugs. Just sitting there by myself all the time. It becomes toxic. It started by me just sitting inside all day. Then you get bored. Because, like, you try a drug, you like it, then you can buy a lot of it, you know?
I went through about everything. The film then cuts to a video, from a source not entirely clear, of the musician sitting in a bathtub fully clothed, which in itself is short of alarming for a quirkster but definitely informative to his state of mind. Wearing sunglasses indoors, he says matter-of-factly:. Look at me. Not on drugs. Drugs are on me. All right? That was a f—ing quote. Is it a cry for help, an honest assessment or just a bugged-out reality that he felt the need to document?
His drug use is something he acknowledges that pushed him to make more music, perhaps to either run away or speak directly to his demons.
One scene in particular, though, is harrowing. Sitting in the studio with French Montana, the rapper appears to indulge in a massive dose of lean, to the point that it surprises Montana. The exchange is alarming. Not many people know that. Not many rappers have any idea. And if they do, and make it, good for them, honestly. Action Bronson basically stopped rapping. Eminem retreated to the hills of Detroit. I ran into G-Eazy the other day on a red carpet, and his public love life was clearly affecting him.
Mac did drugs. And that s— sucked.
When he wrapped his car around a pole recently, it was a serious setback. Why is he driving cars at all? Why is he leaving scenes?
How scared must he have been? It was a long way from smoking weed with Snoop on the internet. Twenty-six years old. Everyone who knew him called him a good person, with a kind soul.
In that, he succeeded. Just like pretty much everything else he tried too. Clinton Yates is a tastemaker at The Undefeated. Up Next.