Rapper Mac Miller died Friday at age 26 of a suspected drug overdose in his Los Angeles home, reports USA Today. The LA Times says Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, "was a rare figure in contemporary hip-hop, equally comfortable accompanying major pop acts and hard-edged hip-hop peers while crafting his own chart-topping, conceptual LPs that often confronted his drug use and depression." Rolling Stone, meanwhile, says he was known for his "canny wordplay and artistic reinvention," adding that his "career was defined by a refusal to fit in an artistic box." Here is one of hits, "Hurt Feelings."
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said 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." Miller dated Ariana Grande for two years before they broke up earlier this year, and People has the details on that. When they parted, on good terms, Grande tweeted, "pls take care of yourself," notes Variety. Miller's death comes just days after Vulture profiled him in a lengthy story headlined, "Mac Miller is finally making the music he's always wanted to make." (Read more obituary stories.)