As previously reported, tragedy has once again struck Hollywood.
Around noon on Friday, authorities, responding to a call from an unknown individual, arrived at the San Fernando Valley home of Mac Miller and found the rapper dead.
He was 26 years old.
As of this writing, the likely cause of death is a drug overdose.
The artist had been well known and respected across the music industry ever since his debut album in 2012… but he was perhaps better known of late for his long-term relationship with Ariana Grande.
This romance ended in May, with sources saying that Miller’s substance abuse issues played a significant role in Grande deciding it was time to part ways.
Just a week later, Miller was arrested for drunk driving.
Shortly afterward, in July, he an interview to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Music in which he referred to himself as a “self-destructive depressed drug user.”
But he also assured fans at this time that he was doing okay and that he was “happy” for Grande, who he dated for two years.
Just over a month later, Miller is dead.
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said in a statement provided to multiple outlets.
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time
Elsewhere, Warner Bros. Records added the following:
“Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and sense of humor that touched everyone he met.
“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department has confirmed that first responders were dispatched Friday after an 11:42 a.m. call about a medical complaint at a residence in Studio City, California.
They did not transport anyone from the scene, making it safe to assume that Miller had passed away before they arrived.
“I just wanna go on tour,” Miller Tweeted on Thursday. “The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, while music heavyweights mourn Miller’s passing (“Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him,” Tweeted Chance the Rapper), a handful of terrible trolls out there are blamng Grande for what has transpired.
They somehow think the singer is responsible for Miller’s addiction and for driving him to this fatal place due to their split.
In the wake of this tragedy and upon seeing what these awful people were writing on her Instagram page, Grande disabled Comments for a period of time.
She appears to have now turned them back on.
And if she is checking, we sincerely hope she sees that the supporters out there far, far, FAR outweight the misguided haters.
“The amount of tweets blaming Ariana Grande for what happened to Mac Miller is disgusting, his addiction and lack of help is what drove this to happen, don’t point the finger and blame,” wrote on fan.
And another chimed in as follows:
“Just noticed Ariana Grande disabled comments on her Instagram account after a barrage of Mac Miller-related comments. Recognize the true problem here, rather than using someone else as a scapegoat & continuing the cycle.
All so sad & nauseating.”
Following Mller’s aforementioned crash and DUI arrest, someone on the Internet dared to blame Grande for the rapper’s fate.
She wasn’t having it.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” clapped back the singer, adding:
“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming / blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s— together is a very major problem.”
That is oh so true.
And also so not the point right now.
A young man is dead at the age of 26.
It’s a tragedy.
This is especially the case when you consider what Miller said in a documentary a few years ago:
“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.”
May he rest in peace.