By Chux Odoh
An official memorial planned for late rapper Mac Miller is scheduled to take place at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park, on Tuesday, September 11.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the organizers explained the intention behind the memorial thus;
“We would like to bring the city together in full force for this legendary icon,” the description reads. “Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories; most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened.”
Miller born Malcolm James McCormick who died of an ‘apparent’ drug overdose at the age of 26 spent a lot of his growing up time at Pittsburgh park, also naming his 2011 album Blue Side Park after it.
In a 2013 interview, he admitted the negative reviews the project got was one of the reasons he started using promethazine, which is also known as lean.
“I love lean; it’s great,” he said at the time. “I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy … I was so fucked up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn’t even look at me the same. I was lost.
“A lot of the reviews were more on me as a person. To be honest, that was even worse. You’re 19, you’re so excited to put out your first album, you put it out—and no one has any respect for you or for what you did.”
An official toxicology report to determine the actual cause of death is still being expected is pending.
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