Mac Miller has been discovered dead at his California home.
The 26-year-old, who was open about his substance abuse, died from an apparent overdose.
Law enforcement sources tell media reporters that the platinum-selling rapper was found at around noon at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities were alerted by a male, who made a 911 call presumably from Mac’s home.
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans,” his family wrote in a statement obtained by CNN.
The rapper, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011.
Miller was open about his battle with substance abuse throughout the years. In May, he was arrested for DUI and hit and run after crashing his Mercedes G-Wagon by wrapping it around a utility pole.
He was known for channeling his struggles into his music.
In a profile article published the day before his death by Vulture, Miller said, “I used to rap super openly about really dark sh– because that’s what I was experiencing at the time. That’s fine, that’s good, that’s life. It should be all the emotions.”
He started his journey in music as a teenager by putting out mixtapes in his native Pittsburgh. In 2012, his first album, “Blue Slide Park,” became the first independent debut album to hit the top of the Billboard chart in more than 16 years.
His most recent, Swimming, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. He was set to kick off a tour in support of the album in late October.
Mac Miller went through a well-publicised break-up with singer and girlfriend Ariana Grande earlier this year.
In a statement about her breakup with Miller, Grande said there were times when the “toxic relationship” took its toll.
“Of course, I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was,” she wrote in May.
“I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out.”
The pair, who met in 2012, collaborated on a number of songs and performed together at the One Love Manchester concert in 2017.
In the wake of his sudden passing, Miller’s peers took to social media to share their thoughts and prayers.
Artists including Snoop Dog, Wiz Khalifa and Shawn Mendes paid tribute to Miller after news of his death broke on Friday.
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”.
He was set to perform a series of concerts in support of the record starting in late October, with the opener scheduled to take place at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
“Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met,” Tom Corson, co-chairman and COO of Warner Bros. Records, Miller’s label, said in a statement.
“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless. We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”