Last week, fans were stunned to learn that Mac Miller had passed away at the age of 26.
Though it was reported as an apparent drug overdose, police did not really find evidence of that when they searched the late rapper’s home.
And now his death certificate has come back … with no real answers for his fans and loved ones.
TMZ reports that the L.A. County medical examiner’s report has come back on Mac Miller, but it’s not giving people the closure that they seek.
Right now, Miller’s cause of death is “deferred.”
That means that the medical examiner is still unprepared to rule on his official cause of death.
Naturally, the office is awaiting the results of Miller’s toxicology panel. We imagine that they will leave no stone unturned as they test for substances.
Unfortunately, that may take a while. TMZ notes that toxicology results tend to take 4 to 6 weeks to come back.
So the world will have to wait until October, most likely, for confirmation of Miller’s cause of death and that much needed closure.
But issuing a death certificate before the toxicology results come back is no fool’s errand — it has a purpose.
TMZ notes that the release of this document means that Miller’s family can obtain the body and make plans to bury, cremate, or otherwise lay him to rest.
It also means that the medical examiner probably did not find anything suspicion during the examination — no odd fractures or ligature marks that might indicate that Miller’s death was merely staged to resemble an overdose.
While the toxicology results will hopefully bring the family a degree of closure, the certificate will allow them to honor his memory and his death.
As we mentioned, police searched Miller’s home, but did not find what you’d expect to see in the home of a man with a substance abuse problem.
Police found only a small amount of white powder, but did not find drugs, pill bottles, or drug paraphernalia.
Reaching the natural conclusion that Miller did not clean his house, then overdose, they came to believe that someone purged Miller’s home of all drugs before police had the chance to do a sweep.
It seems most likely that a well-intentioned friend of Miller’s hoped to avoid awkwardness or embarrassment for Miller’s family and memory.
But, in general, it’s best to let investigators see as much evidence as possible when someone has died.
Miller was last seen alive on the night of Thursday, Septeber 6. He had friends at his home.
He was scheduled for a video shoot on Friday, but was found unresponsive that day, resulting in a 9-1-1 call at around noon.
Emergency responders arrived, but pronounced him dead at the scene.
It is unclear exactly when he may have passed away, but so far, no one has come forward to claim that they saw him alive after Thursday night.
This is heartbreaking for his fans, his friends, and most of all, for his closest loved ones.
Unfortunately, some people had the sheer audacity to blame Ariana Grande for Mac Miller’s death.
These awful trolls claimed that if Ariana had simply continued to date him as some sort of human emotional support blanket, he would still be alive.
Ariana’s responsibility is to live her own life. She dated Miller for two years, but ultimately his substance abuse problems played a huge role in their breakup.
The fact that she moved on and found happiness with Pete Davidson does not in any way make her responsible for Miller’s death.
Miller wasn’t the victim of a breakup. He was the victim of addiction.