Remembering Mac Miller
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh native and talented musician Mac Miller tragically passed away at the age of 26. The rapper lost his long-time battle with addiction on September 7, 2018. His death was ruled and accidental overdose on fentanyl, alcohol and cocaine.
His fans from all over the world were devastated and many of them travelled to Pittsburgh in September 11th, 2018 to honor and memorialize Mac. The memorial was held at Frick Park, in Pittsburgh, PA. It is iconically known as Blue Slide Park to fans everywhere because of Mac Miller’s first album released in 2011, Blue Slide Park.
The rapper just released his fifth album, Swimming on August 3, 2018 and was set to start the tour for the album October 27, 2018. Since, there was no longer going to be a tour fans organized another memorial for Mac Miller at Blue Slide Park on November 24, 2018, when he would have been performing in Pittsburgh.
Fans like Shannon and Eddie McGlinn drove hours from New Jersey for their last chance to really feel close to the rapper. Shannon had met Mac once and her brother Eddie would have met him for the first time. Shannon recalls the time she met Mac saying “He’s so sweet! I asked him for a hug and he literally gave me a bear hug...so that’s like priceless.”
Another fan, Emily Pittelli from Toronto, never got the chance to meet Mac but described a time when she waited in line for hours before the concert, writing notes for school and then coat checking them before running inside to get a good place in front of the stage.
Without a doubt, Mac Miller has a very dedicated fan base, and according to them he was just as dedicated to his fans, who are nicknamed Macheads.
The posters around the memorial featured colorful “thank you’s” and heartfelt messages describing the impact he had on so many people's lives. One message simply put “thank you for being you!”