Rapper Mac Miller reportedly died of an apparent overdose at the age of 26.
A public vigil is being held for Mac Miller in the park he named his 2011 debut album after, as questions remain over the rapper’s cause of death.
An autopsy was completed and Miller’s body has been released to his family, Los Angeles County coroner’s office spokesperson Sarah Ardalani said Monday, but an official cause of death won’t be released until toxicology results come back. That can take months.
Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead at his Los Angeles home Friday. He was 26.
The rapper and former boyfriend of Ariana Grande had reportedly struggled with substance abuse. (USA TODAY has reached out to Miller’s representatives for more information.)
It’s the struggle and the way he tried to deal with it – often in his music – that thousands of fans are gathering to honor and celebrate in Miller’s hometown Tuesday evening.
Nightfall Records, a recording label based in Pittsburgh, will host the vigil beginning at 5 EDT at Frick Park, which is also known as Blue Slide Park, the name of Miller’s first album.
“We would like to bring the city together in full force for this legendary icon,” the label announced on Facebook. “Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories; most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened.”
More than 2,000 fans confirmed they are attending.
Nightfall continued: “We are welcoming all artists to come and paint, create, draw, live tribute art for this event.”
Miller released his fifth and final studio album, “Swimming,” in August, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. He was set to kick off a U.S. tour to promote the album next month.
Contributing: The Associated Press and Anika Reed
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