American rapper and producer Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose caused by a combination of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol, revealed a report from the Los Angeles County’s Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. The report stated the official cause of the death of the 26-year-old as “mixed toxicity”. Miller is the latest to join a string of professionals who succumbed to an overdose of opioid fentanyl, after musician Prince, rapper Lil Peep, wrestler Anthony Durante, musician Paul Gray, and others.

His personal secretary found the rapper, whose original name was Malcolm James McCormick, unresponsive on his bed on Sep 7, 2018 at around 11:30 am during his routine daily visit. When the assistant called 911, the paramedics asked him to perform CPR. But Miller was pronounced dead by the paramedics, when they arrived. “Mac’s death is a devastating loss…We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,” said Tom Corson, co-chairman and COO of Warner Bros. Records, Miller’s label.

History of drug and alcohol abuse

Though he had never overdosed in the past, Miller had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. His assistant reported that sobriety was a challenge for the singer and whenever he slipped, he consumed substances in excess. His most recent “slip” had been on Sept 4, 2018 as he was “in good spirits” about his ongoing projects. He had talked to his mother on the night before his death and she had also reported him to be excited about the release of his album and an upcoming tour.

Miller was a native of Pittsburgh and started his musical journey by producing mixtapes when he was a teenager. In 2012, when Miller was 19, his album “Blue Slide Park”, became the first independent maiden album to top the Billboard chart in 16 years. After that he toured the world and produced music at a lightning speed. He released his fifth album “Swimming” in August 2018. The musician was known to channel his struggles into his music, which was based on the themes of drugs, money, and death.

Tried to be sober

Miller was sober for some days in 2016. In an interview with Vogue, the rapper said that he wanted to change the way he lived and the state of his mind. That was the time when he was in a relationship with Ariana Grande. In May 2018, Grande and Miller parted ways after which he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and a hit-and-run case. Grande had said that she had opted out of the “toxic relationship” because it was taking its toll.

Miller’s death shocked the music fraternity yet again and to honor him, his collaborators and friends organized a concert on Halloween’s Day 2018. The concert was held in Los Angeles and the proceeds from the show went to The Mac Miller Circles Fund. The charity was established by his family and would work to help people from the lower socioeconomic background to explore and realize their full potential in the field of art. Even Grande honored him by calling him “an angel” in her song “Thank you.”

Seeking help for drug and alcohol abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse is a rising problem in the United States. Unfortunately, drug dealers are mixing Cocaine for sale and heroin with fentanyl to make it more potent and gain higher profits. The users, usually unaware of the adulteration, use the substance as they would, and suffer an overdose.

If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, and is looking for a rehab, contact the 24/7 Recovery Helpline. Call our 24/7 alcohol helpline 855-441-4405 to get more information about treatment options for alcohol addiction. Alternatively, you can talk with a representative at the drug addiction help online chat. They would answer all your questions pertaining to addiction and guide you to a suitable rehab in your vicinity.