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Jon James McMurray, a rapper well known and well respected in his native country of Canada, died Saturday while filming a stunt for his latest music video.
He was 34 years old.
The musician’s management team has confirmed the sad news, saying McMurray lost his life after plunging to the ground while walking on the wing of a plane.
“He died filming a project he had been working on for months,” reads this team’s statement, adding:
“His final act included performing an airplane stunt that included rapping while walking on the wing. He had trained intensely for this stunt.
“However, as Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn’t correct.
“Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn’t have time to pull his chute. He impacted and died instantly.”
What a tragedy.
The incident took place in Vernon, British Columbia.
McMurray, who was also an accomplished skier, pursued music after a back injury prevented him from continuing his ski career.
He released an album titled Rex Leo in 2016.
Jon was an incredibly passionate person and was always smiling. He filled everyone around him with positivity, and never spoke poorly about another person. He truly had a heart of gold,” the statement continues.
“Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light to follow your dreams, and would want everyone to continue to be inspired through his music and life message.”
According to Newsweek, McMurray’s previous stunt performances involved numerous serious injuries — including seven surgeries, two of which were for a fractured neck and broken back.
Rory Wayne Bushfield, a skier who was featured in McMurray’s video, paid tribute to the late rapper on Instagram Monday.
He wrote the following:
The sun is not as bright today as it was yesterday when it was shinning on my homies last moments.
Jon James Mcmurray, my very best, dearest and oldest friend passed yesterday evening in a skydiving accident.
He was living his ultimate dream, free and full. May he Rest In Peace. I’m gonna miss him so much.
Thanks for all the lessons over the years fee. You where such a good man, you brought up everyone around you and I promise to try my best to live as free as you did.
Jon is survived by his parents, Doug McMurray and Jen McMurray, his wife, Kali James, and his brother Jarred McMurray.
A GoFundMe account has been set up in the rapper’s honor to help fund his celebration of life, as well as to help get his material “out there to the world in the right way.”
“We lost Jon James McMurray yesterday,” the page reads.
“He touched and lifted so many people in his brief stay here. He also documented everything he did relentlessly.
“His close friends and family want to make something incredible with what fee left us. It’s what he would have wanted most of all.”
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The widely-acclaimed hip hop artist, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was just 26 years old.
Though details about Miller’s passing are scarce at the moment, TMZ is reporting that the cause of death appears to be a drug overdose.
Miller’s body was found at his home in San Fernando Valley after authorities were contacted by a friend of the rapper’s.
He was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene.
Though a respected figure on the hip hop scene since the release of his 2011 mixtape “Best Day Ever” and 2012 debut album, Blue Slide Park, Miller is perhaps best known for his romantic relationship with singer Ariana Grande.
Miller and Grande began dating in 2016.
The relationship was often described as a whirlwind romance, and the engagement rumors that circulated on multiple occasions were tellingly never denied by either party.
Miller dedicated his 2016 album The Divine Feminine to his then-girlfriend and stated in the press that Grande taught him to reflect on the important role that women had played in his life and development.
Sadly, in May of 2018, Grande and Miller broke up.
According to Grande, his substance abuse played a role in her decision to end the relationship.
Shortly after the split, Miller was arrested for a DUI hit and run after he crashed his G-Wagon and fled the scene on foot.
He was later apprehended at his home and blew twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer test.
When fans blamed Grande for the Miller’s downward spiral, she pushed back on social media.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she tweeted.
“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years.”
“Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was.”
According to TMZ, in the months following the breakup and Grande’s subsequent engagement to Pete Davidson, friends were instructed not to mention the situation in Miller’s presence.
Miller seems to have struggled with substance abuse his entire life, to the point that premature death was a subject that was often on his mind and one that he addressed frequently in his music.
He delved into great detail about his addiction to promethazine and codeine (a combination known as “purple drank”) on his 2014 album Faces.
Addressing his substance abuse issues in a 2012 interview, Miller had this to say:
“I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can’t even get out of his house.
“Overdosing is just not cool. You don’t go down in history because you overdose. You just die.”
A profile of Miller was published by Vulture on Thursday and contained this tragically illuminating quote about the rapper’s mindset in his final days:
“A lot of times in my life I’ve put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived.”
“And it creates pressure.”
Mac Miller was scheduled to begin a nationwide tour next month.
His final Instagram post features a portion of his song “So It Goes,” which features the lyrics:
“Nine lives, never, die, f-ck a heaven, I’m still gettin’ high.”
Our thoughts go out to Miller’s loved ones during this difficult time.