Rapper and singer Mac Miller, best known for songs such as “The End Is Near” and “Red Dot Music” has died of an apparent overdose, TMZ reports. With his death, he leaves behind the fortune he accumulated from music sales and tours.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mac Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, was worth $14 million thanks to a successful music career that started on an independent label. Miller got a deal with Rostrum Records, partly due to his association with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa.
As Celebrity Net Worth notes, his first album, Blue Slide Park, sold 400,000 copies and landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011. The last time an indie album did that was back in 1995, Forbes reports. Miller paid iTunes 25% of the proceeds, and split the rest with his record label. His portion of the sales would have been significantly smaller had he cut a deal with a major record label.
Despite the groundbreaking success of his first album, he expressed a desire to continue to prove himself.
“I don’t think I’ve made it,” he said in an interview with Forbes in December 2011. “My whole thing is to, no matter where I get to never be satisfied.”
During his career, the rapper was lauded for his business savvy. He made it to the “Forbes: 30 Under 30” list twice for the innovative ways that he built his fanbase and wealth. For example, as Addicted 2 Success reports, he promised fans that if his first album got 50,000 pre-orders, he would release it; he followed through on that promise. At one point in his career, he released a new song for every 100,000 followers he gained on Twitter, Forbes reports. His official Twitter account currently has 8.63 million followers.
As news of his death spread via social media, tributes for the 26-year-old artist poured in.
“When I was super depressed Mac Miller always helped me,” one fan tweeted. “I’m so grateful that I got to see him live 4 times. I wish I would’ve seen this new album performed live.”
Mac Miller is dead at 26, TMZ reports. pic.twitter.com/4Fu25990YS
— Complex (@Complex) September 7, 2018
Miller’s last album, Swimming was released in August of this year. According to Variety, the project debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured singles like “Self Care,” “What’s The Use” and “Small Worlds.”
Miller was known for referencing his substance abuse all through his career and Swimming was no different. On “Self Care,” he rapped about his DUI arrest in May.
‘That Mercedes drove me crazy, I was speedin,” he rapped. “Somebody save me from myself.”