Posted: September 13, 2018
On Tuesday, a vigil was held at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park, for which Miller named his debut album.
Miller often supported his hometown through his music. A former student at Taylor-Alderdice High School, Miller was a proud Pittsburgher who never forgot where he came from, often talking about home in his songs.
The vigil was organized by Nightfall Records shortly after Miller died.
Officials with the record company said they just wanted to provide a safe space for people to come out and honor an icon in the music industry.
Miller was found dead Friday in his Los Angeles home.
An official cause of death has not been released, The Associated Press reported. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office told the AP that the results of toxicology tests could take weeks or months.
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Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26, his family confirmed to CNN.
The Los Angeles Police Department said officers responded to a call for a death investigation just before noon local time, according to CNN. The coroner’s office is handling the investigation.
Miller was set to begin a tour Oct. 27. He released what would be his final studio album, “Swimming,” Aug. 3.
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans,” Miller’s family said in a statement released by the rapper’s publicist.
“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Millers untimely passing,” Tom Corson, co-chairman and chief operating officer of the label, said in a statement on Twitter. “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 talent of huge potential, where possibilities felt limitless. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”
In May, it was reported that Miller and pop singer Ariana Grande amicably split. after nearly two years together and recording multiple songs together, including Grande’s hit “The Way.”
“I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us,” Grande said on an Instagram story commenting on the news at the time.
“Unconditional love is not selfish,” she said. “It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you. “I can't wait to know and support you forever and I’m so proud of you!!”
Grande said Miller’s substance abuse was part of the reason the relationship ended.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” Grande said on Twitter May 23. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his (expletive) together is a very major problem.” . Each artist addressed the break up on their latest albums.
On May 17, Miller was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and hit-and-run after hitting a utility pole with his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon. Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera said Miller and two other passengers fled the scene on foot around 1 a.m. He was arrested at home after he admitted driving drunk and fleeing the scene.
“I made a stupid mistake,” Miller told Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe July 23, according to Us Weekly. “I’m a human being. Like, (I) drove home drunk. But it was the best thing that could have happened. … I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally, like, have the whole thing stop.”
People reported that Miller assured fans that he was OK.
“I have people that care about me and fans that love my music and it’s a beautiful relationship with them — people who have been with me through being a 19-year-old wide-eyed kid to being a self-destructive depressed drug user to making love music to all these different stages. Then they see something like that and they worry,” he said. “So your first reaction is, ‘Let me tell them I’m cool.’”
A vigil for the late rapper Mac Miller, who died Friday at age 26, is planned for one of his favorite hometown spots.
Miller, who was from Pittsburgh, frequently represented his home town in his music. Blue Slide Park, the nickname for Frick Park, is the title of the rapper’s 2011 debut studio album.
His latest and final studio album, “Swimming,” was released Aug. 3. Miller was set to begin a tour in support of the record Oct. 27.
The vigil takes place at 5 p.m. local time. WPXI reported that a memorial is growing in the park as fans pay their respects with flowers, candles and messages.
Legendary singer Elton John paid tribute to rapper Mac Miller as he kicked off his farewell tour Saturday night in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Herald-Mail Media reported.
John, 71, performing during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Allentown’s PPL Center, dedicated his performance of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” to the rapper, who died Friday.
"I'd like to dedicate this song to Mac Miller," John told the audience. "Unbelievably, 26 years of age, and passed away yesterday. It's inconceivable that someone so young, and with so much talent, could do that. And I just would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And Mac, wherever you are, I hope you're happy now."
The show in Allentown was a sellout, attended by 10,000 fans, The Morning Call of Allentown reported.
Mac Miller was a beloved and popular rapper who grew up in Pittsburgh and had several chart-topping songs throughout his career.
Born Malcolm McCormick in Jan. 19,1992, Miller was raised in Point Breeze and graduated from Allderdice High School in 2010.
"We are deeply saddened to have learned about the tragic passing of 2010 Pittsburgh Allderdice alum Mac Miller. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends," a release from Pittsburgh Public Schools said.
He started rapping when he was 14 years old and released his first mixtape “But My Mackin Ain't Easy” in 2007.
In 2010, he signed with Rostrum Records, the same label as Wiz Khalifa, another prominent local rapper.
The following year, Miller's song “Donald Trump” was released. It peaked at number 74 on the U.S. Billboard charts the following January and was certified platinum in 2013.
From 2016 to 2018 Miller dated pop star Ariana Grande, though the two publicly separated and she is now engaged to comedian Pete Davidson.
Earlier this year Miller was arrested after allegedly crashing into a telephone pole while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene with two passengers.
Miller was set to embark on a North American tour in October.
He died on Sept. 7 in San Fernando Valley, California of an apparent drug overdose.
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