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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.”

Numerous others paid their respects, including KhalidMissy ElliottSolangeShawn MendesBebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, John Mayer and Post Malone.

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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

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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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