Mac Miller’s body was found in a bedroom at his home in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles around noon on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to a report by TMZ.
It is believed Miller died from a drug overdose, but dispatch audio from when a male friend alerted authorities describes him as having suffered a cardiac arrest.
The artist was notably linked to the singer Ariana Grande, who ended their two-year relationship back in May and got engaged to comedian Pete Davidson just one month later following a whirlwind romance.
A statement from Miller’s family said:
Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.
The scene outside Miller’s home has been chaotic yet somber following the discovery of his body midday Friday.
Soon after the 911 call came in, LAPD and Fire officials swarmed the scene. Initial reports have said there doesn’t appear to be anything criminal.
Just after 2 pm local time Friday a coroner arrived at Miller’s Studio City home, and the body was seen being carted out just before 4 pm.
Miller’s death has widely been reported to be the result of an overdose, although that has not been confirmed.
Friends and family were photographed at the home outside of Los Angeles, including one unidentified woman who was seen collapsing in a fit of tears in the driveway as police tried to comfort her.
NBA star Karl Anthony Towns, a close friend of Miller’s, arrived on the scene soon after reports of the 26-year-old’s death surfaced.
Not only were you my favorite artist, you was one of my closest friends. The love we had was genuine and the moments we shared were filled with nothing but positivity and laughter. I love you man and I’m sure as hell gonna miss you @MacMiller. Rest easy my brotha (sic).
Grande, who dated Miller seriously for nearly two years, has not publicly addressed the news of Miller’s death as of Friday evening.
Within minutes of the first reports being released the singer had disabled the comment section on her Instagram, which had already been flooded with comments about Miller’s death.
Several of the comments saying things such as ‘This is your fault’ and ‘you did this’ were screenshotted and posted to Twitter.
The rapper famously helped Grande overcome her grief after a terrorist attack in the UK at her Manchester concert in May last year. That June he went back to England with her to put on a defiant performance at a tribute concert she arranged.
The pair remained firmly loved up until May this year when they suddenly parted ways.