Stars pay tribute to US rapper ‘found dead’ aged 26

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Musicians have been expressing their sadness and paying tribute to US rapper Mac Miller, who was found dead at his California home on Friday aged 26.

“It’s so heartbreaking,” singer Ed Sheeran wrote on Instagram, describing the rapper as “such a sweetheart”.

Snoop Dogg, Chance the Rapper and Missy Elliott have also shared messages.

Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was often open about his substance abuse and reportedly died from a suspected overdose.

“I’m so saddened to hear about Mac Miller, such a kind spirit,” wrote fellow rapper Missy Elliott, adding that she was sending “prayers for strength” to his family.

In a moving tweet, Chance the Rapper said he was “completely broken” after hearing the news and described Miller as “one of the sweetest guys I ever knew”.

The legendary West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg said that Pittsburgh, the city in Pennsylvania where Miller was born, had “lost a real one”.

“Words can’t express how much I loved Mac,” said the guitarist and producer Thundercat, adding: “If I could have been with him all the time I would have, happy for the time we spent together. I will always celebrate his life.” Others in the industry to pay tribute include the singer and producer Pharrell Williams, the rapper Wiz Khalifa, singer Solange Knowles and singer-songwriter Khalid, who said the news “hurts my heart”.Miller rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011. He released his latest record, Swimming, earlier this year and was due to go on tour.

The rapper went through a well-publicised break-up with singer and girlfriend Ariana Grande earlier this year.

The pair, who met in 2012, collaborated on a number of songs and performed together at the One Love Manchester concert in 2017.

Charges were filed against Miller last month after he was arrested in May for driving under the influence and hit and run.

 

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