Mac Miller will be missed

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Mac Miller will be missed

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Malcolm James McCormick, known professionally as Mac Miller, was found dead in his apartment on Friday, September 7th, 2018 at just 26 years old. Although his death is believed to have been caused by an apparent drug overdose, there was no evidence of narcotics in the Studio City home except for a small amount of an unknown white powder. Only a few days later, the autopsy was completed and the body was released. However, the official cause of death will not be released until several more laboratory tests come back.
Miller was very open about his struggles with sobriety, fully admitting that he often used “lean,” a cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine, as well as cocaine. He admitted to publication “Noisey” in 2013 that, “Drugs are dangerous, dude. But they’re awesome. Just dangerous. Drugs are not like a new thing. Especially with me, I’ve been doing drugs since I was 15.”
The iconic hip-hop artist also struggled heavily with depression and anxiety. Miller revealed to Larry King that his depression and drug use were tied together, as most addictions are. Miller said, as reported by ET Online: “[I’ve] had a drug problem for a long time. It wasn’t just in music, but I definitely was going through a drug problem and I think it was more my state of mind. I was just pretty depressed,” he said. “I think it started [with success], it’s funny, because you talk to people, and they say, ‘What do you have to be depressed about? You have money.’ […] Fame is tricky because you read what’s said about you, and you know what you know to be true, and the lines start to blur.”
On his song entitled “Come Back to Earth,” he rapped that he was “just looking for a way out of [his] head.” And on “2009” he wrote that, “Sometimes I wish I took a simpler route / Instead of havin’ demons that’s as big as my house.”
Before his tragic death that affected so many, Miller had just released his fifth and sadly last studio album, entitled Swimming. The album hit number three on the Billboard 200 and a tour was in the works.
Tom Corson, co-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Brothers Records, put out a statement on Twitter following Miller’s death. He wrote that, “All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing. Mac was 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. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”
The music industry suffered a tragic loss this fall with the death of Miller. His intricate lyrics and beautiful melodies will live in infamy, as Mac Miller holds the title of being one of the most iconic rappers of this generation.
If you or someone you know is facing mental and/or substance use disorders, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357).