Approximately three months after Mac Miller died on the 7th of September, the LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office has released the official cause of death of Mr. Malcolm James McCormick, otherwise known as Mac Miller, the late boyfriend of Ariana Grande.
According to new reports, Mac died from a mixture of fentanyl, cocaine, and ethanol. The department claimed that Miller’s death was not intentional, making him just one of many individuals who has died as a result of the potent narcotic, fentanyl.
Some of the other singer-songwriters to pass away because of opiates include Prince, Lil’ Peep, Jay Bennett, Tom Petty, and more. The list of people to die from opiates in the last few years is even longer than one might expect if we were to take into account all of the regular people who have passed.
The department said in their findings, “It was later determined McCormick died from mixed drug toxicity (fentanyl, cocaine, and ethanol).” Reportedly, McCormick’s personal assistant found him unresponsive in his bedroom and called the police.
Reportedly, Mac was in “good spirits” in the lead up to the 7th of September, and had many projects that he was looking forward to working on. Unfortunately, McCormick struggled with staying sober, frequently slipping into excessive substance abuse.
Lieutenant TJ Jordan, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, claimed that a combination of fentanyl and cocaine, which is increasingly becoming more common, is a substance which may cost a person their life.
The news of Mac’s death hit the music and hip-hop community hard. Just last week, his friends and fellow collaborators performed a tribute concert at The Greek Theatre in LA.
Following his passing, Mac’s family and the Pittsburgh Foundation formed what’s called The Mac Miller Circles Fund, a charity meant to help “underserved communities,” cope with drug abuse, through means of “exploration in the arts and community building.”
As most know, the opiate epidemic has only gotten worse over the years, following the release of the opioid treatment, OxyContin, which users have gotten addicted to, and supplemented with other drugs such as fentanyl.