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Childish Gambino, Elton John and G-Eazy lead live tributes to Mac Miller

10 September 2018, 13:10 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Childish Gambino, Elton John and G-Eazy lead the performance tributes to Mac Miller, who passed away aged 26 on 7 September.

Mac Miller passed away on 7 September. While the cause of death is still not confirmed, Miller is thought to have died from a drug overdose.

Rolling Stone reported that the rapper's family issued a statement, "Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. 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.”

Musicians and fans all over the world have been paying tribute to the late rapper over the weekend, including tributes during live performances from Childish Gambino, Elton John and G-Eazy.

Gambino dedicated his "Riot" track to Miller on 8 September in Chicago, and asked fans not to film his emotional speech. Rolling Stone reported that Gambino expressed, "I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up. He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music.”

XXL reported that Elton John also dedicated a track to Miller during his performance in Pennsylvania, performing a rendition of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". He stated, "I would like to dedicate this song to Mac Miller, who unbelievably, at 26 years of age, passed away yesterday. It's inconceivable that someone as young that has so much talent can do that. I would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And Mac, wherever you are, I hope you are happy now."

G-Eazy also gave a touching tribute to the late rapper on the day of his death in Tampa while performing "Everything Will Be OK". He wiped away tears during the tribute as he expressed, “I swear, life is so fucking fragile."

Drake also dedicated his show in Boston to Mac Miller, stating to the crowd, "Tonight, I wanna dedicate this show to my late friend Mac Miller, who was always a kind man to me."

Mass tributes have been shared across all social media outlets over the weekend, including Miller's ex-girlfriend of two years Ariana Grande, who shared a captionless picture on Instagram. Check out some of the tributes below.



J Cole


Chance The Rapper

Post Malone

The late rapper had recently dropped his new album Swimming, and was planning to do a collaborative album with Post Malone.

Missy Elliott

Wiz Khalifa

Flying Lotus

Pittsburgh's Blue Slide Park, which Mac Miller named his debut album after, will host a vigil on 11 September. On the Facebook event page, the announcement reads, "We would like to bring the city together in full force for this legendary icon. Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories; most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened. We are welcoming all artists to come and paint, create, draw, live tribute art for this event."

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