The world of music lost a bright star on Friday.
Rapper Mac Miller — whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick — was found dead in his California home at the age of 26.
The What’s the Use? rapper released 5 studio albums during his lifetime and also launched his own record label, REMember.
Following a statement by his family confirming his death, fellow musicians and other stars paid tribute to the late artist.
Amongst them was Chance the Rapper who revealed that Mac had helped launch his career:
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
John Mayer, who played guitar on Small Worlds from Mac’s latest album, Swimming, shared a blank page to express his sadness:
Macklemore acknowledged his own struggle with substance abuse, which Mac shared, saying he is “shaken that someone who had such a light can be taken from this world so easily.”
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Such a genuine person. Brilliant sense of humor. A true artist. Your spirit is what impressed me the most. The energy you brought to any space you were in. Contagious. You reached out to me at times when others didn’t. You were human. And we shared the same disease. A disease that is out to kill us, and when left untreated eventually will. I’m shaken. Shaken that someone who had such a light can be taken from this world so easily. It could have been me too many times to count. On the surface people that appear to have it all, are not exempt from the gravity and cunning nature of this disease. If you’re in the midst of addiction tell someone what’s going on. Don’t be a secret. Go to a 12 step meeting. Introduce yourself and you’ll be greeted with love and understanding from people that are fighting the same battle. Surrender. There are many paths, but it’s the only thing that has worked for me. I’m scared. Scared of how real this all is. Life and death. Beyond sad. Such a beautiful soul. Sending love to family, friends and everyone whose life was better because of your presence on this earth. Rest In Peace Mac 💔
Other tributes came from Shawn Mendes, DJ Khaled, Jaden Smith, and G Eazy:
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) September 7, 2018
Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) September 7, 2018
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Completely devastated and heart broken I’m at a loss for words mac you were like a brother to me and were there for me in the hardest of times, especially this summer. I can’t believe this is real. Please tell your friends and the people you care about you love them life is so fucking fragile. You will be missed and your music will live on forever through the millions of people you touched. Thank you for all you gave us, love you bro
Jeweller, Ben Baller, also revealed that Mac was supposed to shoot his latest music video on Saturday…
OMG. I was just with you 2 days ago. Wtf??????? We was supposed to shoot your video today!!?! RIP Mac Miller!!!! 😩
— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) September 7, 2018