NEW YORK | Rapper Mac Miller, who captured his fans with his retro hip-hop and attracted attention with songs about his former girlfriend Ariana Grande and US President Donald Trump, died at age 26, according to US media reports.
The site specializes in TMZ celebrities said Friday that the young man had apparently succumbed to an overdose at his home near Los Angeles. US Weekly magazine also announces his passing.
Asked by AFP, a spokesman for the singer was not immediately available. Los Angeles emergency services refused to speak.
This death comes a few months after the end of his two-year relationship, highly publicized, with the singer Ariana Grande , who has been considered sometimes as his source of inspiration.
In May, shortly after their breakup, he had a car accident and was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
He spoke openly about his addiction problems and said on the occasion of the release in August of his fifth studio album, “Swimming”, that he was getting better and better.
“Have I used drugs? Yes. But am I an addict? No, “he told Rolling Stone magazine.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Malcolm McCormick, his real name, gained fame by posting his music online as a teenager. His songs had a minimalist sound with a powerful rhythm recalling the beginnings of rap.
In 2011, he wrote a song whose theme was “to become immensely rich” and, as a metaphor, called it “Donald Trump”.
The real estate tycoon, now president of the United States, was flattered by this song, while saying that the lyrics were “a little difficult to understand”. He even called Mac Miller “new Eminem”, another prominent white rapper.
But after the billionaire entered the White House, the rapper had reversed the message of his song and vigorously denounced the president at his concerts.
Several artists paid tribute to the rapper on social networks.
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
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) September 7, 2018
Words can’t express how much I loved Mac. If I could have been with him all the time I would have, happy for the time we spent together. I will always celebrate his life.Thundercat – Hi (feat. Mac Miller) https://t.co/a7HxihREIr via @YouTube
— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) 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
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