Rapper Mac Miller died of drugs and alcohol overdose

Accidental overdose involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol cause of death, rules coroner

Mac Miller:  the Pittsburgh rapper  died on  September 7th, 2018, at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley. He was 26. Photograph: J. Emilio Flores/The New York Time

Mac Miller: the Pittsburgh rapper died on September 7th, 2018, at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley. He was 26. Photograph: J. Emilio Flores/The New York Time

 

Mac Miller, the popular Pittsburgh rapper who died in September at 26, suffered an accidental fatal overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, according to a toxicology report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner on Monday. The cause of death was listed as “mixed drug toxicity.”

The involvement of fentanyl – a synthetic opiate estimated to be over 50 times more powerful than heroin – puts Miller in the company of other musicians like Prince, Tom Petty and Lil Peep, all of whom died from an accidental overdose involving the drug in recent years. A major component in the growing opiate crisis across the US, fentanyl is often mixed into black market supplies of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and benzodiazepines.

Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, had just released his fifth full-length album, Swimming, near the time of his death. The album opened at No. 3 on the Billboard chart, where Miller had become a low-key fixture after years of online growth with mixtapes and independent releases. Blue Slide Park, his first LP, topped the charts in 2011, becoming the first independently released album to do so in 16 years and setting him on a path to stardom.

Miller died on September 7th at his home in California, where he was found unresponsive and could not be revived. He had spoken frequently in music and interviews about his struggles with depression and substance abuse, and had been charged with two counts of driving under the influence earlier this year, following a car accident.

Representatives for Miller declined to comment on his cause of death. Last week in Los Angeles, the rapper’s family and his management team hosted Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life, a benefit concert featuring friends and collaborators like Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper and John Mayer. Proceeds from the event went toward the founding of the Mac Miller Circles Fund, which hopes to provide “programming, resources, and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognise their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”

Miller’s legacy was also invoked this weekend in a new song by pop star Ariana Grande, a former girlfriend. In the track, Thank U, Next, she sings: “Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm/ ’cause he was an angel.” – New York Times

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