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.”
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."
Sir Elton John dedicates Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to Mac Miller pic.twitter.com/xgYSewhdMx— 24/7 HipHop News (@BenjaminEnfield) September 10, 2018
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."
Thank you Gerald. pic.twitter.com/Cf9siPus4I— Essency (@EssencyTrap) September 8, 2018
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.
oh man. rest in peace Mac Miller.— el-p (@therealelp) September 7, 2018
Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something. If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
A friend like Mac is a very rare. I felt like he cared about me not just as a musician, but as a real friend. The kind of friendship you can’t make up. We shared everything, laughed at everything, you don’t find that type of love very often. He made me feel less crazy.— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) September 8, 2018
To know Mac was definitely to love him. Hands down one of thee sincerest people I’ve met in my life.— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) September 8, 2018
Chance The Rapper
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
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
The late rapper had recently dropped his new album Swimming, and was planning to do a collaborative album with Post Malone.
Post Malone speaking on Mac miller. This man is so genuinely nice and loving. pic.twitter.com/C9ljSq6w3X— Michael (@yomichaeel) September 8, 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
Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy #pgh #412— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) September 7, 2018
Mac was one of the most thoughtful friends in my life. He was way more humble than he had to be and always went out of his way to show love to the up and coming. Love you forever @MacMiller— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) September 8, 2018
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."