Jewish rapper Mac Miller found dead at 26
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Jewish rapper Mac Miller found dead at 26

Artist who struggled with substance abuse for years was reportedly found by police in his California home

Mac Miller performing in 2017
Mac Miller performing in 2017

Rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Friday, TMZ reported.

The 26-year-old struggled with substance abuse for years, including during a high-profile relationship with pop star Ariana Grande.

According to TMZ, Miller was found by police at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley, and pronounced dead at the scene. He was about to start a concert tour next month.

Miller was born to a Christian father and Jewish mother in Pittsburgh. He has talked about having a bar mitzvah and celebrating Jewish holidays growing up. He also has a Star of David tattoo on his hand.

In his song “S.D.S,” he describes himself as a “Jewish Buddhist tryna consume the views of Christianity.”

The rapper, whose music had documented struggles with substance abuse and depression, was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning after a reported overdose.

The LA coroner has said the cause of his death was yet to be determined.

Police erected a cordon outside his modest home in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles on Friday.

A van from the coroner’s office was also parked outside before driving away with the musician’s body.

The coroner said a post-mortem will be carried out to try and establish how Miller died.

“The music artist known as Mac Miller died today in his Studio City home,” the LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said in a statement.

“In the late morning of September 7, Malcolm McCormick was found unresponsive in his home located in the 11600 block of Valleycrest Drive in Studio City.

“Authorities were called and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11.51am.

“At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said it was called to a “death investigation” at an address in the Valley Crest area of north Hollywood at 11.50am.

Emergency services had been sent to a patient in cardiac arrest, according to a dispatch call obtained by celebrity news site TMZ.

Grande and Miller separated earlier this year, with the singer confirming the split in May.

Miller performed with her at a memorial concert following the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and the pair released music together before their split earlier this year.

The No Tears Left To Cry singer, 25, who performed in London on Tuesday, is yet to comment on his death.

Ed Sheeran, Chance The Rapper and Post Malone were among a stream of stars to pay tribute to the “great talent”.

Posting an image of the pair on Instagram, Sheeran said Miller’s untimely death was “so heartbreaking”.

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