Family, friends, peers and fans are expressing pure disbelief that it has been exactly one year since Mac Miller’s death.
At a memorial in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Friday, Mac’s father, Mark McCormick, was brought to tears as he addressed the crowd at Blue Slide Playground.
“He remained loyalest to his friends,” McCormick said. “He was always loving and kind to others,” he told onlookers, according to KDKA.
Musician Thundercat, who was featured in Mac's Tiny Desk concert at NPR, shared a few memories about his close friend on Twitter.
He recalled a moment after that performance.
“..so when he turns around and looks at me and laughs after I say “thank you”, it was really genuinely because he was trippin that I just showed up to do that and leave. but it was proof that I would have done just about anything for him lol,” he wrote.
Fellow rapper CyHi The Prince shared a 2011 cover of XXL magazine that highlighted the “freshman class” of rappers entering the scene.
The two rappers appeared on the cover together, and CyHi recalled meeting Mac at the shoot.
“What I learned that was special about him was his energy and his heart. That’s what I definitely remember about that moment in time. That tells you that Mac was definitely the centerpiece of that cover,” he told the magazine.
Fans chimed in in remembering the groundbreaking artist.
“It doesn’t feel like a year. Still feels like I just found out about the dreadful news. But whenever I listen to him it still feels like he’s here with us. Thank you for everything, Mac. I will always bump your music #ripmacmiller,” one social media user wrote.
Mac, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, reportedly taught himself how to play several instruments, including the piano and drums, before becoming a rapper.
The 26-year-old rapper died on Sep. 7, 2018, in his Los Angeles home. His death was initially ruled an accident, but officials later said it was due to an apparent overdose of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol.
Cameron James Pettit, 28, of California, has been charged in connection with Mac's death. He is accused of supplying Mac with counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, according to a 42-page criminal complaint filed in the Central District of California obtained by NBC News.
Pettit made an initial federal court appearance Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles. He wasn't asked to enter a plea, but was ordered detained without bail pending trial and was given an Oct. 11 arraignment date, according to CBS Los Angeles.