Rapper Mac Miller’s drug dealer was sentenced to prison for Miller’s death in 2018. Miller came onto the hip-hop scene in 2007 when his first studio album, Blue Slide Park, topped the US Billboard 200. It was the first album released by an independent label to do so since 1995.
How Did Mac Miller Die?
Mac Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, died on September 7, 2018, from an overdose of oxycodone mixed with fentanyl. He was found dead in his home in the San Fernando Valley in California. At first, it was thought that he had accidentally overdosed on a mix of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine. Miller was known to have had drug problems over the years, but he was reportedly on the way to getting better before he relapsed.
Was Anyone Charged In Connection To Mac’s Death?
Ryan Reavis, age 39, got 10 years and 11 months in prison after pleading guilty in September 2018 to giving Miller oxycodone mixed with fentanyl.
The US Attorney’s Office says that Reavis knew the pills were laced with fentanyl when he gave them to Cameron Jame Pettit, 30, who sold drugs for Miller. Documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles say that Walter told Reavis to provide the medications to Pettit. Then, on September 5, 2018, two days before Miller died, Pettit reportedly sold the pills to him. Three people have been charged with Miller’s death, but Reavis is the only one who has been sentenced so far.
Stephen Walter, 49 years old, pleaded guilty to the distribution charge against him and is now waiting to be sentenced. Pettit’s case is still going on.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 7, 2018
How did Artists Respond To Mac Miller’s Death?
Fans, friends, and even his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande were devastated by his death. In a heartbreaking tribute to Miller, Grande wrote, “I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I can’t make sense of it at all.
“I’m so angry and upset that I don’t know what to do…. I’m so sorry I couldn’t make things better or take away your pain. I wanted to do it so much.”
Post Malone, a rapper and singer, said at the time, “God f****** dammit. You were such an incredible person. You influenced so many people. “Your heart was full of love. You were an inspiration to me throughout high school, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You
— Jaden (@jaden) September 7, 2018
“I’ve never met anyone who was more kind, honest, and beautiful. I f****** love you, mac.”
Later, Miller’s family buried him in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they grew up. They also started the Mac Miller Circles Fund, a charity that helps young musicians “explore, express themselves, and be part of a community” to reach their full potential.
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
The charity said in July 2021 that they would give 75 microgrants to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to help them with their work.
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.