Malcolm James McCormick, also known as Mac Miller, dies at his home in California, age 26. TMZ reported that a friend of his had called an ambulance but the US rapper had already passed upon their arrival. The cause of his death has not yet been made official.

After having a huge amount of press surrounding his DUI and break-up with Ariana Grande, Miller went quiet months prior to the release of his fifth studio album “Swimming.” He had a tour planned for the album, expected to start the 27th October this year, and had repeatedly tweeted about his excitement for it. The album came no. 3 on Billboard 200 this summer, after both Travis Scott and Drake’s albums.

Artists such as Khalid, Jason Derulo, and Snoop Dog took to Twitter to express their condolences.

In an interview with Vulture, the young rapper stated that his new album wasn’t necessarily inspired by the events that had taken place that year and that he had started songs on the album, two years prior to its release. He also said that he was finally making the music he wanted to make. His new album is a mix of Jazz, soul, and hip-hop, alternating between singing and rapping. After the release of Swimming, the Pittsburgh rapper informed Rolling Stone that he had plans to make a joint album with Post Malone and that they had already been in the studio together.

Miller started rapping at age 14. He signed onto Rostrum records in 2010. The following year, he released his first studio album, “Blue Side Park,” which peaked at no. 1 on Billboard. In 2013, the rapper started his own record label REMember Music, before releasing his second studio album, “Watching Movies with the Sound Off,” and then leaving Rostrum the year after. Mac Miller has always shown appreciation towards his fans. Whether it be over Twitter, interviews or even in the streets, the rapper would make time for them. His family released a statement in which was said: “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans.”

By Sam Dawson

Image via Getty/Scott Kowalchyk/CBS

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