US rapper Mac Miller dies of suspected overdose

Rapper Mac Miller, the former partner of singer Ariana Grande, has been found dead at his home in Los Angeles of an apparent drug overdose.

US rapper Mac Miller has been found dead of an apparent overdose. He was 26.

He was reportedly found in his San Fernando Valley home on Friday. Further details are currently unclear. Variety has reached out to Miller's camp for more information.

Miller, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, had struggled with substance abuse in the past. Just last month, the Los Angeles Attorney's Office officially charged the rapper with a DUI stemming from a car accident in May in the San Fernando Valley.

Mac Miller and then girlfriend Ariana Grande performed together last year at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
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He had been open about his struggles previously, referencing drug abuse and death in his music, particularly in the largely autobiographical 2014 mixtape Faces.

"I used to rap super openly about really dark s***," he told Vulture in a profile that published on Thursday. "That's what I was experiencing at the time. That's fine, that's good, that's life. It should be all the emotions."

Miller had been in a long-term relationship with Ariana Grande, which ended this past May. Shortly after his car accident and arrest that same month, Grande tweeted "pls take care of yourself."

Miller had just been preparing to embark on a US tour after releasing his most recent album, Swimming, on August 3. It was set to kick off on October 27 in San Francisco.

"I just wanna go on tour," he tweeted on Thursday. "The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow."

Published 8 September 2018 at 7:42am, updated 8 September 2018 at 8:56am