The music world was rocked Friday by the news that Pittsburgh-bred rapper Mac Miller had died of an apparent drug overdose at his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles as reported by TMZ and Variety.
Miller, 26, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, had previously struggled with substance-abuse problems, especially in the wake of his breakup with Ariana Grande. But he had just released a well-received new album, “Swimming,” last month and appeared to be rebounding.
Here is a sampling of reaction from other celebrities and how he is being remembered:
In a NSFW tweet, Post Malone wrote, “You were such an incredible person. You changed so many lives. Had so much love in your heart. You inspired me throughout high school, and I wouldn’t be where I was today without you. Never a more kind and sincere and beautiful person. I (expletive) love you, mac.”
“I don’t know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever,” Chance Rapper shared. ” 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.”
Kehlani noted the plans they’d made together: “WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GO TO OHANAS THIS WEEK I WAS SUPPOSED TO COME THIS WEEKEND WE WERE SHOOTING YOUR VIDEO NEET WEEK WE HAD TO FINISH YOUR NEW FAVORITE SHOW NO NO NO NO U GOT THE SATURN TATOO AFTER I DID UR CHART THIS IS TOO MUCH.”
His friend Ben Baller said, “I’m still in just disbelief. When I was going through my worst addiction problems, Mac was the one who referred me to the rehab center. He never told anyone. Only my wife and him knew. He was an incredible person. I’m in shock.”
“Mac was one of the nicest, coolest dudes, man,” wrote “Tonight Show” bandleader and Roots drummer Questlove. “This is sad, man.”
Jaden Smith tweeted, “Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You” and posted a photo of the two of them together.
Singer Raury wrote, “Mac Miller may your soul rest in heaven, thank you for putting me on to radio head and flying me to the studio when I was a high schooler, and most of all showing me what it means to be myself. Heart is shattered.”
“#RIPMacMiller you were a super nice, funny and warm dude and I really enjoyed the time we got to hang together in the studio,” wrote One Republic singer Ryan Tedder. “Pittsburgh for life man, you will be missed.”
“Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller,” wrote Shawn Mendes.
“I never met Mac Miller but was a fan of his spirit,” “Late Late Show” host James Corden wrote. “Seeing this tweet and then listening to this song today is heart breaking. Its so sad.”
“Never had the chance to meet Mac Miller but was a huge fan of his music,” noted The Chainsmokers. “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.”
“Devastating news to hear about another young person overdosing … this time losing their life, wrote Victoria Justice, who co-starred with Miller’s ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, on the Nickelodeon series “Victorious.”
Tyga tweeted a magazine cover featuring the two of them together, writing, “Rest In Peace King @MacMiller always was a cool dude.”
“This hurts my heart man,” Khalid lamented. “RIP bro @MacMiller.”
“Wow. R.I.P. Mac Miller,” the band Papa Roach lamented on Twitter. “That was one talented kid. Such a loss.”
Noah Cyrus admitted, “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.
“Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller,” added J. Cole.
Music Choice, which offers on-demand music content to cable TV providers, also paid tribute, writing, “Over the years, we were incredibly fortunate to have shared laughter and music with our friend Mac Miller. Thank you for the light you brought to our lives.”
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