Mac Miller Often Talked About His Drug Use and Mental Health Struggles: 'Overdosing is Just Not Cool'
The 26-year-old rapper died of a drug overdose.
Rapper Mac Miller, who died of a drug overdose Friday, often talked about his drug use and his battle with depression throughout his career.
Miller was found dead Friday at his San Fernando Valley home, law enforcement told TMZ.
“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing. Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met,” Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO Warner Bros. Records said in a statement.
“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”
Miller’s rap career took off 2011 with his debut album Blue Slide Park. Throughout his music, he rapped on depression and drug use, addressing the topics in many of his interviews as well.
Miller confessed in a 2013 Complex interview to using what is popularly known as “lean," a combination drink of codeine and promethazine, to cope with his depression.
“I love lean; it’s great,” he said during the interview. “I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy. I was so f–ed up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn’t even look at me the same. I was lost.”
He reportedly said he stopped using the mix in 2012.
In 2015, the rapper opened up to Larry King about his drug problem and said he'd been struggling with depression.
“I think it started [with success],” Miller said during the interview. "It's funny, because you talk to people, and they say, 'What do you have to be depressed about? You have money.'... Fame is tricky because you read what's said about you, and you know what you know to be true, and the lines start to blur.”
In later interviews, the star, who dated Ariana Grande for two years, said he “hated being sober.” Miller also talked about overdosing, calling it “not cool.”
"There's no legendary romance, you don't go down in history because you overdosed. You just die,” Miller said in a 2016 interview with The Fader.
In May, just a few weeks after his split with Grande, Miller, who released his latest record “Swimming” on Aug. 3, was charged with a DUI after he crashed his car into a pole in Los Angeles.
He insisted in an interview with Rolling Stone, however, that he was not a drug addict.
"If a bunch of people think I am a huge drug addict, OK. Cool. What can I really do? Go talk to all those people and be like ‘Naw man, it’s really not that simple?'” The rapper said. “Have I done drugs? Yeah. But am I a drug addict? No.”
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