Mac Miller has been found dead at 26, reports have confirmed.
The rapper passed away in his San Fernando Valley home just outside Los Angeles at around midday following an apparent drug overdose.
The showbiz rag TMZ reported that Miller had been dealing with a bout of drug addiction following his breakup from the pop star Ariana Grande, who has since gotten engaged to the American comic Pete Davison.
"Miller has had trouble recently with substance abuse... in the wake of his breakup with Ariana Grande," TMZ understands.
The American hitmaker, who had released his most recent album "Swimming" just last month (Aug 3), had earlier this year been arrested and charged with a DUI and a hit and run offence after he fled the scene before then confessing to police when he got home.
While news of Miller's death will no doubt lead people to believe it was Grande-related, Miller's substance abuse problems go back many years.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” Grande wrote on Twitter. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s— together is a very major problem.”
The artist, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, saw his latest album chart at number 3 on the Billboard 200. His upcoming tour was supposed to start on October 27 near his home in the San Fernando Valley, the dates of which he had recently uploaded on social media.
He also expressed his desire to begin touring, tweeting yesterday, "I just wanna go on tour. The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow.”
In the video for one of Miller's latest singles "Self Care", the troubled rapper carved a knife into the lid of a casket with the words “Memento mori” — “remember you have to die” in Latin.
Away from music, Miller also starred in a reality tv series on MTV with his family called “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” which ran for two seasons.
Miller's death comes in the wake of a series of other high-profile deaths involving young artists. In May, the Swedish EDM DJ Avicii died from an apparent suicide in Oman, which was followed one month later by the murder of the controversial new-wave rapper XXXTentacion in Flordia.