It’s been one year since Mac Miller tragically died as a result of an overdose — but his memory continues to live on in the hearts of fans around the world.
The rapper was found dead in his home on September 7, 2018. At the time, it was reported that Mac passed away from an apparent drug overdose; a further investigation determined that his death was caused by a fatal combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. Earlier this month, nearly a year after his passing, a man was charged with allegedly supplying the rapper with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl; if convicted, the suspect could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Even with the possibility of justice on the horizon, the one-year anniversary of Mac’s death has hit fans hard, and many are taking to social media to remember the rapper’s legacy. “One year since we lost this beautiful man,” one fan wrote, adding: “We miss you everyday.” Some fans recalled how heartbroken they were when they learned the tragic news, while others thanked the rapper for the music he left behind.
Fans from Mac's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania gathered at Blue Slide Park on Friday, September 6, for a memorial service organized by The Mac Miller Memoir, a group founded in the wake of the rapper’s death. The park itself was of significance, as it inspired the title of Mac's debut studio album in 2011. According to TribLive.com, attendees celebrated Mac’s memory by dancing to his music, singing along with the words, and displaying fan art throughout the park. Photos and videos on social media show an emotional crowd bonding together over the impactful anniversary.
Prior to his death, Mac was open about his experiences with substance use and the effects on his mental health, often reiterating that his music was his purest outlet for communicating his truest self to the world. “I was…worried about the legacy that I would leave behind — how I would be remembered if I died,” Mac told Billboard in 2015. “That was my whole thing. Like, you never know, man, so I’ve got to make sure I make all this music so when I die there’s albums and albums. But now, I’m going to make sure I do some sh*t in life, too.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use disorder or drug dependency, reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue