Warning: This report might be triggering for some readers.
Rapper Mac Miller has been found dead, with the supposed cause of death being a drug overdose.
Law enforcement officers confirmed to TMZ that Mac (real name: Malcolm McCormick), who famously dated Ariana Grande, was found on Friday around lunchtime in a bedroom at his San Fernando Valley home, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities were alerted by a friend of Mac's who called 911 from the rapper's home, telling the police and ambulance service that Mac had gone into cardiac arrest.
Mac Miller had been open about his struggles with substance abuse over the years, but seemed to have turned a corner when in a documentary he plainly stated:
However, in the wake of his break up with Ariana Grande (and her speedy engagement to Pete Davidson) Mac had allegedly been using again, causing a slew of incidents. The rapper got into a car accident which saw him wrap his G-Wagon around a utility pole back in May which earned him a DUI and a hit and run charge, as he fled the scene. He later confessed to the cops and was asked to take a breath test — where he blew two times the legal limit.
When all of this was going on, his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande tweeted, "Pls take care of yourself".
After their split, Ariana confirmed that substance abuse had been a deal-breaker for their two year long relationship and when the public blamed the singer for Mac's relapses, she boldly said the following:
"I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years." She added, "Of course I didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was."
Mac Miller was set to go on tour next month. His representatives are yet to make a statement about his passing.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.