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Mac Miller found dead inside his Studio City home, sources say; drug overdose suspected

Mac Miller found dead inside his Studio City home, sources say; drug overdose suspected
Rapper Mac Miller performs at Coachella in 2017. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Rapper and producer Mac Miller was found dead in his Studio City home shortly before noon Friday of a suspected drug overdose, sources said.

Los Angeles paramedics responded to his home in 11600 block of Valleycrest Road, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman.

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The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly, said Miller was unresponsive when officials arrived.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, had long struggled with drug issues.

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Shortly after his split with singer Ariana Grande in May, the rapper crashed his Mercedes G-Wagon into a pole. Miller and two passengers fled the scene, but he was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Miller was best known for his hits “Self Care” and “Programs." He garnered attention as a teenager in Pittsburgh with a series of mixtapes. He also worked as a producer under the name Larry Fisherman.

Miller’s struggles had played out in the tabloids, particularly his relationship with Grande.

In an interview published in August in Rolling Stone, Miller said his break up with Grande was difficult but that he was moving on with a new album.

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“I’m just being real. That’s good. Now I have space for me. And that’s great too,” he told the magazine.

3 p.m.: This article was updated with new details about the rapper.

2:35 p.m.: This article was updated with background information.

This article was originally published at 2 p.m.

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