Mac Miller: Childish Gambino, SZA, Post Malone Among Those Paying Tribute to Rapper
Miller was found dead at his home on Friday afternoon. He was 26.
Fans and artists are paying their respects to Mac Miller following his death.
Fans gathered in Hollywood and held a candlelight vigil for the rapper over the weekend, standing in silence as they grieved.
Miller, 26, was found dead Friday afternoon inside his California home of an apparent overdose.
His latest album, “Swimming,” was released in August, and Miller was slated to hit the road for a nationwide tour beginning in October.
On Sunday, Miller was remembered by former girlfriend Ariana Grande, who shared an Instagram photo showing Miller sitting on the grass and looking up at her camera.
Grande and Miller, who were together for two years, broke up earlier this year.
The Pittsburgh rapper was also honored by colleagues who say he helped them as they were starting out.
On Saturday night, Childish Gambino was performing at Chicago’s United Center when he paused to pay homage to his friend.
“I’m a very sensitive person but this Mac Miller s*** got me f***ed up,” Gambino told the sold-out crowd. “He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music."
Gambino then added that he “should be allowed to be sad” and grieve over Miller's passing.
“And we should be allowed to be sad about it," he added. "Like my heart was broken and I feel good about being sad, because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment. Everybody in this room deserves that."
On Friday night, rapper SZA took to Instagram to remember Miller, crediting him for his role in jumpstarting her career.
“U let me come over everyday and be whoever I wanted, showed up for me in ways I can never express or repay," she wrote. "My gratitude is infinite. The first person to believe in me and make stuff w me."
Post Malone tweeted that Miller "had changed so many lives" and that there had never been "a more kind and sincere and beautiful person."
On Monday morning, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said he was “devastated” about Miller’s passing.
Elton John, who performed Saturday in Miller’s home state of Pennsylvania, honored the rapper with a performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me."
"I would like to dedicate this song to Mac Miller, who unbelievably, at 26 years of age, passed away yesterday," John said. "It's inconceivable that someone as young that has so much talent can do that. I would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And Mac, wherever you are, I hope you are happy now."
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