Rapper and singer Mac Miller has died at the age of 26-years-old from an apparent drug overdose following a long battle with addiction, reports TMZ. Miller struggled with addiction for much of the later years of his life, something which led to the end of his relationship with singer Ariana Grande. While he had made many efforts to maintain sobriety, these efforts ultimately failed.
Miller told Complex that he first turned to drugs following the release of his 2011 debut album, Blue Side Park, coupled with a grueling tour that saw him play 53 shows in just six months, 20 of which were in Europe. The album reviews and constant touring caused Miller to start using promethazine mixed with codeine, two ingredients commonly found in perscription-strength cough syrup. The high use of cough syrup as a recreational drug has birthed many slang names, including 'lean'.
"I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy, I was so f*cked up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn't even look at me the same. I was lost."
While that was the first time Miller began heavily using drugs, it wasn't his first experience with narcoatics, having admitted to being a drug dealer in high school, albeit a bad one.