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Posted: September 07, 2018

Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

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By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LOS ANGELES —

Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26, his family confirmed to CNN.

The Los Angeles Police Department said officers responded to a call for a death investigation just before noon local time, according to CNN. The coroner’s office is handling the investigation.

Miller was set to begin a tour  Oct. 27. He released what would be his final studio album, “Swimming,” Aug. 3.

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“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans,” Miller’s family said in a statement released by the rapper’s publicist.

“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Millers untimely passing,” Tom Corson, co-chairman and chief operating officer of the label, said in a statement on Twitter. “Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met. Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and talent of huge potential, where possibilities felt limitless. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

 

In May, it was reported that Miller and pop singer Ariana Grande amicably split. after nearly two years together and recording multiple songs together, including Grande’s hit “The Way.”

“I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us,” Grande said on an Instagram story commenting on the news at the time. 

“Unconditional love is not selfish,” she said. “It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you. “I can't wait to know and support you forever and I’m so proud of you!!”

Related: Ariana Grande, rapper Mac Miller amicably split

Grande said Miller’s substance abuse was part of the reason the relationship ended.

“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” Grande said on Twitter May 23. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his (expletive) together is a very major problem.” . Each artist addressed the break up on their latest albums. 

Related: Photos: Remembering Mac Miller

On May 17, Miller was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and hit-and-run after hitting a utility pole with his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon. Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera said Miller and two other passengers fled the scene on foot around 1 a.m. He was arrested at home after he admitted driving drunk and fleeing the scene.

Related: Rapper Mac Miller arrested on charges related to DUI crash, reports say

 “I made a stupid mistake,” Miller told Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe July 23, according to Us Weekly. “I’m a human being. Like, (I) drove home drunk. But it was the best thing that could have happened. … I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally, like, have the whole thing stop.”

People reported that Miller assured fans that he was OK.

“I have people that care about me and fans that love my music and it’s a beautiful relationship with them — people who have been with me through being a 19-year-old wide-eyed kid to being a self-destructive depressed drug user to making love music to all these different stages. Then they see something like that and they worry,” he said. “So your first reaction is, ‘Let me tell them I’m cool.’”


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Photos: Remembering Mac Miller

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Photos: Remembering Mac Miller

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Photos: Remembering Mac Miller

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Photos: Remembering Mac Miller

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Mac Miller performs on Camp Stage during day 1 of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017 at Exposition Park on October 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Photos: Notable deaths 2018

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Photos: Notable deaths 2018

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  Actress Pamela Gidley, of ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,’ dead at 52
  Fashion designer Kate Spade dies
  Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey dies 
  Musician Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers dead at 79
  ‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74
  ‘M*A*S*H’ actor David Ogden Stiers dead at 75
  'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49
  Country music personality Hazel Smith has died at the age of 83
  Stephen Hawking dead at 76: Celebrities, public figures, scientists pay tribute
  Renowned physicist and professor Stephen Hawking dead at 76
  Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies drinking whiskey, complaining about Oscars
  Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash
  Moody Blues co-founder Ray Thomas dead at 76
  Blues, R&B singer Denise LaSalle dead at 78
  Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke dead at 67
  Legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson dead at 89
  Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46
  ‘Oh Happy Day’ singer Edwin Hawkins dead at 74
  Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76
  John Coleman, The Weather Channel founder, dead at 83
  Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver, police say
  Elizabeth Sung, ‘Joy Luck Club,’ ‘Young and the Restless’ star, dies
  Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, Blues Brothers guitarist, dead at 88
  'Pawn Stars' patriarch Richard Harrison, known as 'Old Man,' dead at 77
  Former WWE star Matt Cappotelli dies of cancer at 38
  Charlotte Rae, ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life’ house mother, dead at 92
  Aretha Franklin dies at 76
  'Sweet Home Alabama' co-writer and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at 68
  Robin Leach, 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host and celebrity columnist, dead at 76
  Actor Bill Daily of 'I Dream of Jeannie' dies at at 91
  Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

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