The music world is coming to grips with the devastating loss of rapper Mac Miller today, who died following a suspected drug overdose at the age of 26.
The grief that’s currently pouring out of every corner of the industry is testament to the Pittsburgh MC’s wide-ranging musical influence and the huge love that he inspired, with some of the world’s biggest artists across the spectrum of hip-hop, pop, rock and beyond taking to social media to vent their heartbreak.
Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Solange, Chance The Rapper, Travis Barker and Snoop Dogg are just some of Mac’s peers to share their thoughts, while here in Australia, artists such as Cub Sport and Alison Wonderland have also paid tribute (read what they all had to say below).
Meanwhile, Miller’s family have now confirmed the rapper’s death officially in a statement to Rolling Stone.
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” they write.
“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.”
Mac had always been open about his struggles with substance abuse in his music, in particular his largely autobiographical 2014 mixtape, Faces.
He last toured Australia in 2017 for Listen Out Festival in support of his album, The Divine Feminine, back when he was dating Ariana Grande.
Grande has yet to comment publicly on the tragic news of his passing, but has has disabled comments on her Instagram in the wake of it, after the rapper’s fans began blaming and abusing her for his untimely death.
You can read dozens of tributes from Miller’s other friends and loved ones in the music world below.
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God fucking dammit. You were such an incredible person. You changed so many lives. Had so much love in your heart. You inspired me throughout highschool, and I wouldn't be where I was today without you. Never a more kind and sincere and beautiful person. I fucking love you mac.
— Posty (@PostMalone) September 7, 2018
Rest in your peace Mac Miller.
Always exuded so much kindness and goodness.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 7, 2018
Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy #pgh #412
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) September 7, 2018
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
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This just really saddened me. I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were. As well as being a great talent, he was a great human. Love and prayers to his family and friends. I don’t know what else to say. It’s so heartbreaking.
So sad u gone home young Mac I had to post this to smile and think about the good Time we had on the set of this movie man god bless ya family. Pittsburg we lost a real one today @macmiller
RIP Mac Miller
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) September 7, 2018
Mac Sending love and peace to you
— CUB SPORT (@cubsportmusic) September 7, 2018
RIP Mac Miller
— ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) September 7, 2018
Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You
— Jaden (@jaden) September 7, 2018
this hurts my heart man RIP bro @MacMiller
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) September 7, 2018
I’m so fucked up right now this is so sad I can’t believe it R.I.P. MAC MILLER
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 7, 2018
Rip Mac miller
— Thomas Wesley (@diplo) September 7, 2018
Mac was one of the nicest, coolest dudes man. This is sad man.
— I Brought A Band, Sam Is On Trombone (@questlove) September 7, 2018
Love you brother. you gave so much to this world. Rest easy Malcolm.
— The Internet (@intanetz) September 7, 2018
THE MAN WAS TOO GENEROUS ! HE EXTENDED HIS HOME TO ALL OF US . PEACE TO THE MILLER FAMILY AND THE WHOLE EXTENDED FAMILY. WE HURTIN
— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) September 7, 2018