Fans Respond to Mac Miller's Untimely Death


Mac Miller, born Malcolm McCormick, was an influential rapper beckoning from the hills of Pittsburgh. His charismatic charm and outward joyous energy became infectious in 2011 once he got his break with debut album, Blue Slide Park. Since then, Miller cemented his legacy onto the music world by always reinventing the wheel for the rap genre with each new release. His artistry alone stood to prove his greatness, but at the end of the day everyone knew how kind, patient, and dazzling Miller’s personality was even if you were just a fan. To commemorate his magnificent memory, we’ve compiled reactions to Miller’s life and untimely death.

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Mac Miller was a friend who understood. He was never afraid to talk about sad things that nobody ever talks about. He gave me hope in times when I felt crazy or scared of myself. But he also made me smile. His personality was so bright and beautiful. He gave so much happiness to others, but couldn’t find it for himself. My friend Edward was the same way. He was always fun and friendly and wanted to make everyone around him happy. But he carried demons, just as Mac did, just as we all do. Edward and I used to talk about our darkest thoughts with each other. The same thoughts that were comforted by Mac’s music. We used to listen to it together...I still can’t believe they’re both gone now.
— Nicole, 21

It was weird because I’ve never been so impacted by a celebrity’s death like I have with Mac’s. You grow up hearing about a lot of people passing away that were more from our parents’ generation than ours, like Michael Jackson or even David Bowie, which did not hit me as hard. It hit me a lot harder when I heard that someone I listen to day in and out passed away. Broke my heart to come to the realization that such an outstanding musician who had constructed some of the greatest beats I’ve ever heard was just gone.
— Ryan, 20

Mac Miller was the first hip hop artist I ever listened to back in 2009 when I was searching for who I was with people I shouldn’t have been with. Spurts of Eminem were also included in that year, but “K.I.D.S.” and especially “Knock Knock” set the tone for my love for rap and hip hop. Since then, every album release was as therapeutic and hype as the first to me. Not to mention, ‘The Divine Feminine’ carried me through the worst year of my life and it will hold special value to me throughout the rest of the time I’m here. This doesn’t seem real, even still. Rest in peace Mac, I’ll always appreciate what you did for me and many of my closest friends without you even knowing it.
— Jay, 21

People love you when they on your mind / A thought is love’s currency / And I been thinking about her all the time / I’ve never seen somebody put together perfectly / What would I have to do to call you mine / Someone like you is so hard to find / You can open up your eyes or you can walk it blind / All I ask is that you hurry, I won’t hurt you don’t you worry.” This is one of my favorite lyrics from Mac Miller. When I found out he passed, I was extremely heartbroken. When I realized we were the same age I was even more heartbroken. Such an incredible talent gone way too soon. I first start listening to Mac Miller because my ex was in love with him. He low key even looks like him. We listened to all of his songs, but my favorites were: “Euphoria” and “Objects In The Mirror.” I loved the way Mac sang those songs with such emotion & heart. You can tell he meant every word in those lyrics. My ex suffers from depression. When I found out that this was a contributing factor to Mac’s suicide I was devastated. Depression is a real thing. It affects many people in the world and I was glad to know that Mac was able to battle his depression through his music. I was also glad to know that my ex was able to do the same with the help of Mac’s music.
— Stephanie, 26

My initial reaction to hearing that Mac Miller passed away was total devastation and disbelief. This was someone I spent all of my high school years listening to whether it was chilling in my room or hanging with my friends. He had created so many fond memories for me throughout his music career that hearing about his overdose sent my emotions spiraling. Every day since his death I have done nothing but listen to his albums and reminisce on all the great memories his music was able to give to my friends and I.
— Caity, 20

I only wish I could have gotten to thank Mac for all of himself that he gave to us. We were a bunch of lost kids who couldn’t imagine making it to high school graduation, let alone college graduation. We were treated as criminals by administration, we were ostracized as the bad kids by peers, we attended way too many funerals of dear friends on the weekends. We had every reason to believe we couldn’t make it, Mac reassured us otherwise. He made us feel not so bone shatteringly alone, he gave us a break from our dread. He gave us anthems, he gave us memories, he gave us the ability to truly live again and to keep floatin’. I get to graduate college in the spring. Thank you, Mac. You believed in us. Rest.
— AK, 20

I am completely saddened and distraught over Mac’s death. His music got me through some of my toughest days as a teen. He had a soul way too good for this world and I am heart broken for him, his loved ones, and all his fans. Mac will always be a legend in my eyes and I would continue to love his music until the day I die. He was someone with passion and love for music like no other rapper with a talent that is not seen often. For that reason and many others, he will always be remembered in a positive light as one of the biggest names in music of our generation.
— Rachel, 20

It tears me to shreds. Mac’s death was tragic, but unfortunately, not unique. Drug addiction and mental illness is an epidemic in this country, and if gone untreated will ultimately result in death. As a recovering addict and young aspiring musician, the glamorization and justification of drug and alcohol use through music and art is unavoidably devastating. No matter how successful his career, no matter what aesthetic pleasure was available to Mac, it was never enough for him to stop using and it inevitably killed him, leaving behind a broken family, broken fans and a cataclysmic break in the foundation of rap. That being said, Mac’s character and music was an inspiration to me growing up. From “Easy Mac” to ‘The Divine Feminine,’ it was an honor and a pleasure to watch and hear his change, progress, maturation and influence on hip hop. The game will not be the same without him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and everyone affected by his death. Rest easy, Mac.
— Joey, 23

If they make a movie about my life, Mac’s sound is the musical score. All of my “fuck it” moments had “K.I.D.S” playing in the background: first time getting high, first high school party, first time hangin’ with a girl, you name it, and Mac was playin’. It’s strange having a piece of your timeline damaged, it’s just strange. Mac brought a lot of happiness to my table, which I feel is the purpose of life overall, to just be a light in a single person’s life is all we can aim to achieve. His music will live forever and his life will be celebrated, but if this showed me anything it’s that we have no fucking idea how much time we have left. What matters in this life is that I do something, just anything that can connect and impact someone just like Mac did with his music. I don’t want to talk about drug addiction, it’s too complex to talk about and it’s not the message here. The message here is that we all be aware; aware of our own habits, aware of our closest friends, and aware of the fact that it could happen to any one of us. All I ask is that everyone talks about this shit, don’t sweep it under the rug, talk about it and try your best to be understanding of something you may never have the burden of experiencing. At the end of the day, we are all just motherfucking kids, R.I.P. Mac.
— Dakota, 22

Mac Miller impacted me heavy through the roughest, but greatest time in my life. He made everything he did cool and I’ll never forget it. When Mac dropped ‘Faces’ I went through a period of belief in myself, from listening to his words I could feel the pain and troubles he was going through, but he was happy. He always kept a smile and that’s how I felt. I knew what I was doing was hurting people and hurting me, but I felt like I always kept a smile. I could just turn on any song from ‘Faces’ and just feel me. I listened to every word or lyric Mac said because most of it related to shit I went through. I was bored, I loved drugs. I loved how it made me feel, and I loved to make music and that’s the thing with Mac –– he loved to make music. The man barely slept just to make more music for us and for everyone. He gave me hope and when I heard he died it hurt. It hurt a lot and I never met Mac once in my life, but it felt like I lost a best friend. Mac, your name will live on forever and I’ll never forget what you did for this world and for the music. You made me wanna keep going and to not give up on something and I’ll never... ‘cause no matter where life takes me you’ll find me with a smile. Rest in peace, Malcolm McCormick, I know you’re playing piano and singing with John Lennon.
— Michael, 20

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