The two year anniversary of Mac Miller’s death was on 7 September 2020. Since it’s mental health awareness month and this week is dedicated to suicide prevention, I thought tonight I would pay tribute. While Mac Miller’s death was an overdose, I consider OD’ing a form of suicide and often addiction starts because of pain – both physical and mental. It’s not uncommon for addicts to be suffering a form of mental illness.
I started listening to Mac Miller two months before he died. I have this superstition that every time I start listening to an artist and really get into it, they end up dying. This happened with Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and Damageplan, plus some others over the years. I really liked his earlier sounds, I loved how upbeat they were. However, I could tell that the last two years of his career, he was going through some things because his sound got darker. As much as I love his earlier work, I absolutely love his later work. I feel like I got to know him a bit better through the darker and you could tell he was growing.
I was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when Caskey (rapper I heard of through Twiztid) and Machine Gun Kelly posted things. My heart broke. 26 is so young and all that talent is gone. I feel for addicts because addiction is painful for everyone. Just like mental illness and suicide. I just wish he reached out for help.
I’m happy that his family is keeping his memory alive and us fans will do the same thing.
Rest easy, Malcolm McCormick a.k.a Mac Miller.
If you ever need to talk, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to someone. Here’s the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, here is the addiction hotline number for the SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357