TMZ reported that rapper Mac Miller, 26, passed away Friday in his San Fernando Valley home of apparent overdose.
Law enforcement told TMZ that a male friend called 911 from the rappers home. Emergency dispatch audio reveals that responders were called for a patient in cardiac arrest. Miller had been in the news earlier this year, after breaking up with his then girlfriend Ariana Grande, getting a DUI in May, and the release of his latest album, “Swimming.”
Miller’s family told E! News in a statement, “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.”
Miller’s struggle with substance abuse was often mentioned over the course of his career, in his music and addressed in interviews.
Miller, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, has released five studio albums since 2011. “Blue Side Park,” his first, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011. Miller’s last interview and photoshoot was published Thursday, Sep. 7 with Vulture.