This past Friday, rapper Mac Miller passed away at the age of 26 of an apparent drug overdose. He had been open about his struggles with addiction in the past and, sadly, it was a struggle he lost. In his brief career, his meteoric rise to fame was kicked off by the album Blue Slide Park, which topped the charts in 2011, the first indie album to do so.
He was known for being willing to tackle topics many would find taboo, such as mental health issues. Mac Miller is being remembered as an immense talent and a genuine and kind person with a voracious love of music. Tributes have poured in from all over the music industry. But it’s one person’s tribute that people appreciate because of how intimately she knew him. From 2016 to 2018, Mac Miller dated Ariana Grande.
Grande posted this beautiful photo of Mac Miller on Instagram on Saturday.
She disabled comments, but the sweet, warm, and open expression on Mac Miller’s face speaks volumes. As of Sunday, the photo had over ten million likes. People had blamed the pop star for Mac Miller’s death, pointing to their breakup earlier this year and her subsequent relationship with Pete Davidson.
Others pushed back hard on that idea.
it’s not her fault
— ʇsnɐ (@666cardi) September 8, 2018
it’s not her fault x2
— amina (@SociallyHowell) September 8, 2018
Not her fault x3
— ｍａｎｄｙ | i miss bts 9/5 (@cutechimchim_) September 8, 2018
it’s not her fault x4
— ria (@gaybrose) September 8, 2018
It’s not her fault x5
— sean (@arianag92245605) September 8, 2018
it’s not her fault x6
— ruan-li (@fourfiversecond) September 8, 2018
it's not her fault x∞
— laura (@giawlaura) September 8, 2018
Fans offered their sympathies to Ariana.
So much death around her I feel so sorry for her no one should have to go through this
— im a sick fuck i like a quick fuck (@____MISFIT) September 8, 2018
can’t imagine how she feels rn
— (@evanslut) September 8, 2018
My heart is with her right now
— STREAM TMYLM/SWEETNER/REPUTATION/STS (@arilovaticswift) September 8, 2018
they loved eachother so dearly, i can only imagine how she’s hurting right now
— sam (@babymoonjoon) September 8, 2018
And most offered their feelings about Mac Miller’s death.
— Charlie (@grandesxdore) September 8, 2018
I’m so heartbroken right now :/
— ً (@petebreath) September 8, 2018
rip mac miller ♂️
— g (@judasmonster) September 8, 2018
a respectful legend. RIP Mac you’ll always be in our hearts
— ⧝ (@bresathin) September 8, 2018
We’re all sad that Mac Miller is gone from this world. He left us much too soon.