Rapper Mac Miller, who died of a drug overdose in September, would have been 27 yesterday. The rapper was remembered by several celebrities, including his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, who tweeted "miss u."
The singer, who has been very public about her grief, received support from fans who knew what she meant by her message. Grande also shared two pictures of Miller and herself on her Instagram Stories yesterday. The couple had broken up last spring after two years together. At the time, Grande blamed the drug abuse for their break-up. “I am not a babysitter or a mother, and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she wrote. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course).”
Ariana Grande remembers Mac Miller 💙 pic.twitter.com/10xvcGI2wJ— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) January 19, 2019
Grande started dating SNL actor Pete Davidson soon after breaking up with Miller. Davidson and Grande got engaged but ended up splitting in October, soon after Miller’s death, which the singer reportedly struggled with and which seemed to drive a wedge between the couple.
Though Miller’s death came as a shock to friends and family, the Pittsburgh rapper had struggled with substance abuse for several years. Miller was found unresponsive in his Studio City home on September 7, 2018, by a friend, who called 911. The rapper was pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived. On November 5, 2018, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office released a report that stated that Miller had died from an accidental drug overdose as a result of "mixed drug toxicity" of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine.
After his death, Grande posted a message on Instagram, which read, “I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will. I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. For so long. Above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. The kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re okay now. Rest.”
Other celebrities also remembered Miller on his birthday. Bassist Thundercat, who shared a video of himself and Miller having a jam session, wrote, "...he changed my life in a real way. Thank you @MacMiller Happy Birthday!" Rappers Juicy J and Hi-Tek also remembered Miller on his birthday.
Miller's last album, Swimming, was released shortly before his death. It is nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 10. His parents will attend to accept the award on his behalf should he win. Grande is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener and will undoubtedly remember Miller on stage if she wins.