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'Mixed Drug Toxicity' The Cause of Death for Rapper Mac Miller

  • 'Mixed Drug Toxicity' The Cause of Death for Rapper Mac Miller.

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Published 6 November 2018

The "Best Day Ever" superstar was found dead in his home in the San Fernando Valley September 7 at the young age of 26. An autopsy carried out revealed Miller - real name Malcolm McCormick, overdosed as a result of mixing several recreational substances. 

Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh native who released his first album at the age of 19, and stood-out because of his clever lyrical wordplay, and his habitual cheeky grin, had mixed several lethal substances that led to his death early September. 


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Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, was found in a "praying position" - kneeling forward with his face resting on his knees, in his home in Studio City, California, according to the coroner's report. He had a 1/4 abrasian on the bridge of his nose, with blood running out of one nostril. 

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner revealed that the multi-talented artist had fentanyl, cocaine, and ethanol in his system. Law enforcement officers found an empty bottle of alcohol, a bottle of prescription pills (that contained Xanax, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and Adderall), and white powder residue (said to be cocaine).

His death was ruled an accident, and the combination of the substances was the cause of death, not the potency of each chemical. 

Miller had been battling depression after his well-publicized breakup with singer Ariana Grande, and had also battled substance abuse since 2012. He had been facing criminal charges after a DUI, and a hit-and-run earlier in the year, but had just released his fifth studio album, Swimming, a month before his death - to critical acclaim.

The album chronicled his troubles with addiction, and was a much darker reflection of his journey and self-growth, a departure from the bubbly, energetic freshman sound in his first album, Blue Slide Park. 

Miller, a self-taught musician, played piano, guitar, drums, and bass, and released five mix tapes before the age of 19. His hit singles included the controversial Donald Trump, which provoked a response from the now-U.S. President, who threatened to sue Miller. Miller responded by going on the The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and calling Trump "an egomaniacal, attention-thirsty, psychopathic, power-hungry, delusional waste of skin and bones."

A concert was held at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last week that paid tribute to the Pittsburgh-born rapper, and included performances by John Mayer, Chance the Rapper, and Miller's ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, who honored him with a song called, Thank You, and calling Miller "an angel."

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