Family members and fans gathered for a vigil on Tuesday to mourn the death of the 26-year-old rapper after his death due to an apparent overdose on Sept. 7, per a previous Inquisitr report.
The gathering in Miller’s honor was held at Frink Park, a place special to Miller’s musical career. The park is only two blocks away from his high school and his first album is named after the Blue Slide Park playground.
That debut album gave Miller’s fans some of his most popular songs like “Party on Fifth Ave.,” and one of his most popular songs, his Pittsburgh-centric “Frick Park Market.” The record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2011.
Attendees of the four-hour memorial were allowed to decorate the park’s blue slides with flowers, art, and Pittsburgh Steelers-themed colors in honor of the rapper’s favorite NFL team.
Miller’s grandmother Marcia Weiss addressed the gathering with a heartfelt speech to the thousands of fans who showed up to honor her grandson.
“Everybody, he would be so excited, he wished he was here and I wish he was here,” Weiss said. “But he loves you all, he loves Pittsburgh and everything you have done for him. Thank you so much for everybody being here. You were wonderful.”
Miller’s mother, Karen Meyers, posted a tribute to her late son on Instagram over the weekend sharing a tender moment between mother and son at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. The photo is captioned with only a broken heart emoji.
Celebrity friends also took to social media to lament the loss of their friend. Musicians like John Meyer, Jaden Smith, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, Juicy J, Jaden Smith, and ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande all posted tributes to the late rapper, according to the Inquisitr.
Miller’s family released an official statement after his death on Sept. 7.
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”