Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, has died. He was 26.
His family said in a statement that Miller died on Friday but gave no further details. "He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans," the statement said.
Miller, who also drew headlines for his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year, died at his Los Angeles home.
Police and paramedics found Miller unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles and declared him dead shortly before noon, coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said. An autopsy will be required to determine the cause of death.
While Miller didn't have a hit on Top 40 radio, he had a strong following on streaming networks and even had an album debut at No. 1 on the top 200 albums chart. He often alluded to his battles with addiction over the years and had collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Ty Dolla $ign.
He released his fifth, full-length album "Swimming" last month, with Variety calling it "a simple, stately, poetic autobiography." Rolling Stone called it "silky, deep vibe redolent of the L.A. alternative soul scene." New Musical Express said it was "his best work in years."
The album included the song "Come Back to Earth," with Miller trying to chart his way through tough times: "In my own way, I feel like living some alternate reality/And I was drowning, but now I'm swimming through stressful waters to relief."
He was due to start a tour at the end of next month that he promised would be special every night. On Thursday he tweeted: "I just wanna go on tour."
Stars pay tribute to Miller
Chance the Rapper was among those who paid tribute to Miller on social media.
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
J Cole said on Twitter: "This is a message for anybody in this game that's going through something. If you don't feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me."
Rest in your peace Mac Miller.
Always exuded so much kindness and goodness.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 7, 2018
I’m so saddened to hear about @MacMiller☹️�� such a kind spirit Sending prayers for strength for his family & friends & fans during this difficult time����
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 7, 2018
So sad u gone home young Mac I had to post this to smile and think about the good Time we had on the set of this movie man god bless ya family. Pittsburg we lost a real one today �� @macmiller ���� pic.twitter.com/AZkqUlhm1V
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) September 7, 2018
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
Ed Sheeran posted a tribute on Instagram, saying the news was "heartbreaking".
"This just really saddened me. I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were," he wrote. "As well as being a great talent, he was a great human. Love and prayers to his family and friends. I don’t know what else to say."
Miller's relationship with Ariana Grande
Miller and Grande collaborated on her first top 10 hit, the multiplatinum, "The Way," which propelled her from teen TV stardom to pop star.
In September 2016, Grande confirmed that the pair were a couple by sharing a photo of herself rolling around the floor with Miller on Instagram.
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The couple dated for two years, during which time they performed on stage together at the One Love Manchester concert, organised by Grande for victims of the terror attack in the city.
Their relationship ended in May. At the time she said the breakdown was "heartbreaking", although the relationship had become "toxic".
She said on Twitter: "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be.
"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."
The No Tears Left To Cry singer, 25, who performed in London on Tuesday, is yet to comment on his death.
Miller's arrest over driving incident
Not long after the split he was charged with DUI and hit and run after police said he struck a power pole and fled the scene. His blood alcohol was reportedly twice the legal limit.
"I made a stupid mistake. I'm a human being," Miller told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Music in July. "But it was the best thing that could have happened. Best thing that could have happened. I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally have the whole thing stop."
The Pittsburgh native, born Malcolm McCormick, rose to fame with a frat-rap attitude in his mixtapes like "Best Day Ever" and his full-length album debut, 2011's "Blue Slide Park." His more goofy songs included "Nikes on My Feet," "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza" and "Knock Knock."
One of his biggest songs was the 2011 platinum-certified mixtape track "Donald Trump," which prompted a feud with the future president. He asked his fans not to vote for Mr Trump, who was flirting with the idea of running for president then, and publicly supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
In 2013, his sophomore effort, "Watching Movies with the Sound Off," entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3. Miller sold more than 100,000 copies of the woozy, moody album, which features appearances or production work from Diplo, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt, Jay Electronica and Action Bronson. He also landed a reality series, "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family," in 2013, which ran for two seasons on MTV2.
Miller told The Associated Press that year that the album's depth and quality reflected two years of warp-speed development, his move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and just how serious he was about the craft. "There was always a lot more to me than what people wanted to say, that's the only thing that ever bothered me," Miller said.
His 2016 release "The Divine Feminine" had contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Cee-Lo Green and Grande. Pitchfork magazine called it "the most surprising, concise, and accomplished album of his career."
Miller's label, Warner Bros., released a statement calling him "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 a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless."
Miller talked of pressure before death
Vulture magazine profiled Miller in an article that appeared online on Thursday. It detailed his perfectionism and work ethic.
"Most rap careers open big and crumble over time, but this one is a long game," Craig Jenkins, the author of the profile, wrote in the piece.
In the interview, Miller described feeling "pressure" from his fame and his struggle with depression.
"A lot of times in my life I've put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived.
"It's the job. This is what I signed up for. So, you just have to not. You have to have your own reality and that has to be the driving force of your life.
"Do I wish that every single thing I did when I was 19 wasn't a discussion? Sure," he said.
Neighbours shocked by death
Police erected a cordon outside his modest home in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles on Friday.
A van from the coroner's office was also parked outside before driving away with the musician's body.
One mourner, who declined to be named and who described himself as a friend of Miller, arrived in a Ferrari before entering the house. He left a short time later.
Pittsburgh Slim, a rapper from Miller's hometown, also visited and placed a bouquet of flowers at the door of the house.
Speaking to reporters in the street, he said: "Everyone is sad. I did not expect this, but everyone is sad. A lot of people are hurting.
"Just a great, great kid. Nobody had anything bad to say about him, you can see from the reaction from Twitter. This is too much. His fans will never forget him."
He added: "We love you Mac."
A neighbour said Miller would wave to the children in the street and they were shocked by his death.