How Mac Miller’s family is coping with his ‘unexpected’ death

In a time of tragedy, those closest to the late Mac Miller are turning to one another for support.

“To say the family is shocked and sad would be an understatement,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively after the 26-year-old rapper’s death. “They’ll be OK, but the grief they are feeling right now is unimaginable. They’re leaning on one another to cope with this devastating and unexpected loss. The family is very appreciative for all of the love and support they’ve received.”

Miller (real name Malcolm McCormick) was found dead from a suspected drug overdose at his home in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles on Friday, September 7. His relatives remembered him in a statement released later that day as “a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans.”

Hundreds of people mourned the “Dang!” rapper during a public vigil at Blue Slide Park in his hometown of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, September 11. He had named his 2011 debut album after the playground.

Miller’s ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, whom he dated from August 2016 until this May, was among the many friends, collaborators and celebrities who took to social media after his death. The “God Is a Woman” singer, 25, posted a captionless black-and-white picture of him on Instagram on Saturday, September 8.

“Ariana is absolutely heartbroken,” a source later told Us exclusively. “Her entire family is in shock too. They all grew close to Mac during his relationship with Ari. He was a huge part of her life, and they always shared such a special bond. She wanted nothing but positivity in Mac’s life after they broke up.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

In a time of tragedy, those closest to the late Mac Miller are turning to one another for support.

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RIP the very kind, talented, and thoughtful Mac Miller. you will be so dearly missed.
I’m so sad that you couldn’t stay, Mac. I’m so terribly sad.
Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy 🙏🏽👼🏽 #pgh #412
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was on… https://t.co/QtpY4Kuwf6
So sad to hear the news about @MacMiller. Such a talented artist. My condolences go out to his family and loved ones 🙏 RIP
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
RIP Mac Miller 🙏🏾
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Rip Mac miller
this hurts my heart man RIP bro @MacMiller
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Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller
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Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You
im at a loss for words. we lost an inspiration to fans and many musicians. youre a musical icon forever. Rest in Pe… https://t.co/ADJIaBSW0n
I never met Mac Miller but was a fan of his spirit. Seeing this tweet and then listening to this song today is hear… https://t.co/HTPQFqMsIO
Met Mac Miller back in 2012. Super sweet guy. So many lives lost to mental health and addiction. Please reach out f… https://t.co/sJBau1A0M9
Mac Miller was Pittsburgh. My last encounter w/ him was when I was on the Pirates and he came to a game in LA. He s… https://t.co/jiva56xZvT
So sad u gone home young Mac I had to post this to smile and think about the good Time we had on the set of this mo… https://t.co/8N7MpxO5qb
Drake dedicated his show last night to Mac Miller 💔 https://t.co/8CKg4Oh1ur
God fucking dammit. You were such an incredible person. You changed so many lives. Had so much love in your heart.… https://t.co/Au5ZthZBYS
I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister. He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them. It was the place where I found the community of support that showed me that living life without drugs was a possibility and I would never have discovered that if it weren’t for Malcolm. I remember when I would get 30, 60, 90 days clean and Malcom would be there with a gift and a card and words of encouragement... telling me that he knew how hard getting sober is and how impressed he was that I was succeeding. Addiction is a TERRIBLE disease… many people are suffering from addiction like I am and many many of them are losing. Those of us who are struggling with addiction must stay strong. We must continue to work HARD on ourselves every single day and help each other. Our disease is strong but WE ARE STRONGER and I vow to work every moment of my life to keep myself sober so that i may be there for others. This is a difficult road but YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TRUDGE IT ALONE. To anyone who needs help, help is there. you just need to have the courage to ask, which I know can be EXTREMELY difficult... but when you do I GUARANTEE support will be there. do not be ashamed if you are losing the battle against addiction, shame feeds the disease, humility defeats it. please ask for help! you are NOT ALONE! I am here... and I will continue to be here... for you... Malcom my friend, you will be dearly missed. and I know you will be looking down on me from heaven, proudAF for every day I live my life clean and sober... 453 days and counting... Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙏💖 AA: (212) 870-3400 NA: (818) 773-9999 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: :800-273-9255
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