The 26-year-old American rapper, Mac Miller, was found dead at his home. He would have succumbed to an overdose according to US media.
Rapper Mac Miller , who has won over his fans with his retro hip-hop and attracted attention with songs about his former girlfriend Ariana Grande and US President Donald Trump, died at age 26, his family announced.
The site specializes in TMZ celebrities said Friday night that the young man had apparently succumbed to an overdose at his home near Los Angeles. The US Weekly magazine also announced his death, which the family confirmed in a statement.
The artist, who had released his fifth album a month ago, was taken unconscious from his home by the emergency services who quickly declared him dead, said the department of forensic medicine.
Break in love, addictions …
This death comes a few months after the end of his two-year relationship, highly publicized, with the singer Ariana Grande, who has been considered sometimes as his source of inspiration.
In May, shortly after their breakup, he had a car accident and was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Revisit Mac Miller’s most haunting quotes about his struggle with drugs. https://t.co/Qs6cXFeEGD
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) 8 September 2018
“Am I an addict? No “
He spoke openly about his addiction problems and said on the occasion of the release in August of his fifth album recorded in the studio, “Swimming”, he was getting better and better.
“Have I used drugs? Yes. But am I an addict? No, “he told Rolling Stone magazine .
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Malcolm McCormick, his real name, gained fame by posting his music online as a teenager. His songs had a minimalist sound with a powerful rhythm recalling the beginnings of rap.
In 2011, he wrote a song whose theme was “to become immensely rich” and, as a metaphor, called it “Donald Trump”.
The real estate tycoon, now president of the United States, was flattered by the song, saying that the lyrics were “a bit difficult to understand”. He even called Mac Miller, a “new Eminem”, another prominent white rapper.
But after the billionaire entered the White House, the rapper had reversed the message of his song and vigorously denounced the president at his concerts.