Rapper Mac Miller Dead At 26
Update: There are “no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
UPDATE: Miller's attorney David Byrnes has formally confirmed the rapper's death following initial reports by TMZ.
Miller's family also released a statement late on Friday evening calling him a “bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans,” according to the New York Times.
The family, which includes Miller's mother, father and brother, have asked for privacy and said it had “no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
American rapper Mac Miller died at the age of 26.
Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead at his home in San Fernando Valley, California, at about midday on Friday September 8.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to initial reports from TMZ.
Miller was a self-taught musician who began his rap career at aged 14. His first studio album Blue Slide Park debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart after its release in November 2011.
He collaborated and toured with a variety of artists including Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, the Creator, Action Bronson, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.
Miller formed a close personal relationship with rapper Wiz Khalifa as they shared a common hometown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rapper Mac Miller performs onstage during the Smokers Club Festival at The Queen Mary on April 29, 2018 in Long Beach, California. Image: Getty.
Miller was also known for his high-profile relationship with pop singer Ariana Grande. The pair dated for two years before splitting in April 2018.
Grande has since become engaged to Saturday Night Live co-host and comedian Pete Davidson.
In May, Miller was arrested with a blood alcohol level almost twice the legal limit after crashing his Mercedes-Benz G-Class car in the San Fernando Valley. He initially fled the scene but was later apprehended at his home.
He was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Miller had recently released his fifth studio album, Swimming, on August 3, and was set to embark on a tour in October.
Tributes from fellow musicians have started flowing in.
More to come.
Feature image: Getty.