Mac Miller, rapper and producer, dead at 26

TMZ: Rapper Mac Miller dies of apparent drug overdose

Ariana Grande disabled the comments on her Instagram account after ex-boyfriend Mac Miller was found dead on Friday.

In a statement, Miller's family confirmed the death, calling him "a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans".

As news of Miller's death spread, fans on social media reported seeing hurtful messages left on the "God Is a Woman" singer's Instagram page and rushed to her defence.

Police lines were pulled up and a coroner's van left the cul-de-sac late Friday afternoon.

The rapper, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, was in New Zealand last year for a special Auckland performance after he cancelled his Rhythm and Vines gig the year before, citing "exhaustion". Having already gained a following via mixtapes, touring and singles like "Donald Trump", his debut, "Blue Slide Park", released in 2011, entered the Billboard album chart at #1.

He was scheduled to start his USA tour in San Francisco on October 27th.

Mac Miller and his then girlfriend, Ariana Grande.

The pair dated for nearly two years and recorded multiple songs together, including "My Favorite Part and "The Way".

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A representative for Miller did not respond to requests for comment and Los Angeles emergency services declined comment.

Yet another wrote, "I HOPE YOURE HAPPY WITH PETE", referring to Grande's current engagement to Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. The couple got engaged weeks later.

A family statement released through his publicists says Miller died but no further details were available on how he died.

"Of course, I didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was", she wrote in May.

Miller has had an open struggle with substance abuse.

Taking to Twitter on 6 September, he told his 8.61million followers: 'I just wanna go on tour'. "It's so much easier to navigate what's important". "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be".

In the past, he'd struggled with an addiction to the cough syrup mixture known as "lean".

He told Vulture, "I really wouldn't want just happiness. That's fine, that's good, that's life". "It should be all the emotions".

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