Social media has reacted with an outpouring of grief as friends and fellow musicians mourn for Mac Miller, after the 26-year-old rapper died earlier today of a suspected overdose.
Miller, who released his fifth album Swimming in August of this year, was widely loved in the music industry, as evidenced in the highly emotional tributes.
Close friend Chance The Rapper was one of the first to speak out, reflecting on the impact that his friendship with Miller had on his life, saying:
“I don’t know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him. It’s so crazy cause Earl literally hit me up this morning him and Vince were real [friends] I met at a pivotal time in my life through Mac. This shit hurts so bad. If you love someone male sure u tell em.”
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
Its so crazy cause earl literally hit me up this morning him and vince were real friebds I met at a pivotal time in my life through mac. This shit hurts so bad. If you love someone male sure u tell em
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
Numerous others paid their respects, including Khalid, Missy Elliott, Solange, Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, John Mayer and Post Malone.
love you bro pic.twitter.com/JEVYgKOjPd
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) September 7, 2018
I am so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of @MacMiller. Sending love and light to all of his friends, family and fans.
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) September 7, 2018
seeing anyone go saddens. seeing the young go… god damn
— el-p (@therealelp) September 7, 2018
u were one of the most down to earth kids i have ever met. u were sweet. humble. and hilarious. i feel like it was yesterday when i met u. rest easy man. i’m gonna send u those sounds we were talking about so u can make every1 bangers in heaven. all love @MacMiller
— Benny Blanco (@ItsBennyBlanco) September 7, 2018
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 ???????? pic.twitter.com/AZkqUlhm1V
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) September 7, 2018
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.
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) September 7, 2018
RIP Mac Miller
— Grandmaster Flash (@DJFlash4eva) September 7, 2018
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Back in 2010 a rapper I never heard of named @macmiller called my phone asking for a feature. He was super gracious on the phone so I googled him and saw that he built quite an impressive following for himself online. I agreed to do the song so we got back on the phone to bounce ideas around. Even though he was a young new cat, he was driven to capture the truest essence of hiphop. He sent me a bunch of beats that felt like classic hiphop and it was my honor and my pleasure to work with him on what became the first of a couple of songs we did together, Family First. Every time I saw Mac on the road or at a party after that it always so much love love and respect. He was pure artist. Pure ambition. Pure heart. @clockworkdj who started out touring with me ended up becoming Mac’s tour dJ. Mac turned the platform @wizkhalifa provided for him into his own, he owned it and he repped for his city of Pittsburgh in a major way. Whenever issues of racist policing or white privilege came to the forefront, Mac Miller was alway one of the select few artists, of any genre, of any race, to speak up and speak out. Beyond being a great MC, Mac Miller made it a priority to show solidarity with the marginalized and the oppressed. What a shining light. He will be missed. #RIPMacMiller
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
I’m so saddened to hear about @MacMiller☹️???? such a kind spirit Sending prayers for strength for his family & friends & fans during this difficult time????????
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 7, 2018
Never had the chance to meet Mac Miller but was a huge fan of his music. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. And for those struggling with addiction or know someone who is, please seek help you are not alone these things don’t just get better
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) September 7, 2018
Rip Mac miller
— Diplo ⚡️ (@diplo) September 7, 2018
shocked & sad about Mac Miller. such a talented guy with so much life ahead. RIP.
— ac (@alessiacara) September 7, 2018
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
I can’t keep losing friends like this…I wish I spent more time with you these past weeks…I’m so sorry… rip MAC…you wrote the soundtrack to my college years and I’m so happy I got to know you…this sucks this really really sucks.
— CHARLIE PUTH (@charlieputh) September 7, 2018
im at a loss for words. we lost an inspiration to fans and many musicians. youre a musical icon forever. Rest in Peace Mac Miller ???? pic.twitter.com/SdHC73GCd3
— Noah Cyrus (@noahcyrus) September 7, 2018
Mac, I️ don’t have words. Only gratitude ????????
— Noah centineo (@noahcent) September 7, 2018
I never met Mac Miller but was a fan of his spirit. Seeing this tweet and then listening to this song today is heart breaking. Its so sad. x https://t.co/JwopG6JnWv
— James Corden (@JKCorden) September 7, 2018
I don’t want to be seeing this about Mac miller 🙁
— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) September 7, 2018
Mac Miller, otherwise known as Malcolm James McCormick, recently ended a two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande.
Following their breakup, Grande made a statement saying she had “tried to support his sobriety” and was hoping it would “[figure] it all out.”
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