The unexpected death of Mac Miller

Mac Miller performing on his most recent, and final, music tour.


Mac Miller performing on his most recent, and final, music tour.

Kinsey Langley

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Mac Miller was pronounced dead on the scene on Sep. 7 from cardiac arrest due to a suspected drug overdose. His assistant found him unresponsive in bed that day before calling 911. His autopsy has been completed, but more tests are being completed so no further details have been released. Miller was 26 and showed no previous signs of being suicidal.
Miller, most known for being a rapper and singer, was also a record producer. His career took off in 2011 when he released his album “Blue Slide Park.” In 2013, his second album “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” was released with the help of his own record label, REMember Music. He soon signed a record deal for himself with this label and went on to serve as a record producer for artists such as SZA, Vince Staples, Riff Raff, and others as well as himself. He made three more albums between 2014 to 2018 including “GO:OD AM,” “The Divine Feminine and Swimming” and his most recent being “Swimming.” Some of his hit songs include “Self Care,” “Donald Trump,” “dang!” he was also featured in Ariana Grande’s “The Way.”
Miller admitted he had become addicted to “lean” in 2013 in an interview with Complex. “I love lean; it’s great. I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy. I was [messed] up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn’t even look at me the same. I was lost,” Miller said.
He was arrested twice in his career, once in 2011 for possession of marijuana and again in 2018 for a DUI and a hit and run. He gave no signs after his arrest or even the night prior to his death that he was going to overdose, whether it is accidental or not. In an interview with Fader in 2016, Miller said, “I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess that can’t even get out of his house. Overdosing is just not cool. There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdosed. You just die.”

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