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On Friday, the world lost Mac Miller due to substance abuse. Hollywood has spoken out on this loss.

A lot of people may know of Mac Miller from being Ariana Grande’s ex boyfriend, but he was much more than that. Mac Miller was and will always be an incredible musician. He will be remembered as that incredible musician but will be remembered by his peers as more than that, as an amazing human being.

A lot has happened over the weekend, and us alongside with his peers, including ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, have shared memories with him.

 

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This was going to be Mac Miller’s year. He made a quantum leap in his music. That’s incredibly hard to do, to evolve and get better and more focused while your career is already underway. You don’t get there without a lot of work, and Mac had put the work in. I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard “Small Worlds,” I gave it a short, chirpy little “yup,” which is the highest praise I can give a track. It means we don’t need to say another word, it’s going down. I grabbed the nearest guitar in the room and within a couple of hours we had finished a tune that made me so incredibly happy to have a part in, not to mention we established a nice little friendship. He was so funny I just kind of stopped typing “LOL” back in our texts. Mac was, to me, on permanent LOL status. I gave him whatever guidance I thought I had the right to, having been through the press ringer in the past and wanting him to understand that none of that noise could ever really take a bite out of the music he was about to put out. The last time I saw him, he was playing Hotel Cafe’ in Los Angeles for a crowd of 100 people. He was nervous, and honest about it with the audience. I thought that was so endearing, especially seeing as he would go on to play one of the best sets I’d seen in a very long time. His band was unreal. You gotta know that if you weren’t familiar with Mac Miller, you were about to be, whether you would have seen him at a festival, or a friend was going to catch a show and tell everyone they knew about it (like I did.) Mac put in the work. He made his best album and formed the band that was weeks away from becoming a breakout live sensation. Believe me when I say that. I send my love and support to everyone who knew him better, because what relative little I did, I just adored.

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While some people have taken to social media, others have remembered him at several live shows over the weekend. Drake dedicated his concert in Boston to Miller right before performing the song “Emotionless.” G-Eazy projected a picture of Miller on the screen while performing “Everything Will Be OK” at Tampa Bay’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. Childish Gambino also paid tribute to him telling the crowd at Chicago’s United Center, “I’m a very sensitive person…but this Mac Miller s–t got me f–ked up,” adding, “He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy; he was so nice…And this kid, he just loved music.”

 

If you know someone that is struggling with mental illness or substance abuse, be there for them and listen when they talk to you. Do not judge them or put your opinions on them, just listen and be there.

We miss you Mac.