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Mac Miller's death ruled accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol

Taryn Ryder
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Mac Miller‘s death has been ruled an accidental overdose.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirms to Yahoo Entertainment that the rapper died from mixed drug toxicity after finding fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol in his system. The manner of death was certified an accident. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain medication and is much stronger than heroin. It has taken the life of numerous stars, including Prince and Tom Petty.

Mac Miller hosts a listening party on July 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
Mac Miller hosts a listening party on July 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)

Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was found unresponsive on his bed at his home in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 7 by his assistant, according to the coroner’s report. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Alcohol and drug paraphernalia were found; however, TMZ reported the house was mostly “swept clean” before investigators arrived. According to the report, “a white powdery substance, non-prescribed medication, prescription medication, and a rolled 20 dollar bill with white powder residue were collected from the scene and booked into evidence.”

Miller’s male assistant told cops he was not aware of the rapper consuming any alcohol, prescription medication, or drugs the night prior. According to the report, “he said that [Miller] had been in good spirits and had many positive, on going projects.” However, he admitted that Miller, who had a history of drug addiction, was known to abuse “alcohol, non-prescribed medication (specifically Xanax and unspecified opiates), and cocaine.” He said the rapper had “several recent ‘slips,'” the most recent being on Sept. 4.

The night before his death, Miller was reportedly casually hanging out with friends and was watching football. An unnamed insider told People “this is such a shock. Everyone who he worked with was aware that he was delicate, but thought it was because of the new album, nerves, nothing like this.” He released his fifth and final album, Swimming, which addressed his struggles with substance abuse, on Aug. 3.

Miller’s ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, took the news of his death hard. She has been honoring him on social media and with her latest single, “Thank u, next.”

Fans were able to honor the late rapper last week with the “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” tribute concert. The concert, which featured performances by Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, and Travis Scott, marked the launch of the Mac Miller Circles Fund, a charity to “support youth arts and community-building programs in Mac Miller’s memory.”

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