Law enforcement by way of TMZ have announced that Pittsburgh-born rapper Mac Miller died of an overdose earlier today at the age of 26. Police arrived at Miller’s San Fernando Valley home in response to a call by an acquaintance of Miller’s who was also present at the scene, only to pronounce the young musician dead upon their arrival.
Though only in his mid-twenties, Miller knew success from a young age. He found an immediate audience at 18 with the easygoing college-rap of 2010’s K.I.D.S., a sound he eagerly evolved and explored over the course of his career, from teaming with a yet-to-ascend Vince Staples for 2013’s Stolen Youth (under the alias Larry Fisherman) to the chameleonic and psychedelically-minded jazz-rap of his mixtape Faces.
Miller’s history of lowkey genre-blending through the guise of pop-minded hip hop was just as characteristic to him as his history of substance abuse was, however, with the artist arrested in May on DUI charges, along with these same struggles rumoured to be the reason behind his relationship with longtime partner Ariana Grande ending earlier this year. Swimming, Miller’s latest project, dropped last month, with the rapper in the midst of gearing up to support the album on tour in October.
We will update this article as this story develops.