Rapper Mac Miller's death in September was the result of an accidental overdose, according to a Toxicology report published by the L.A. County Coroners Office. The Miller system found fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. The combination of the drugs – an autopsy of Rolling Stone describes the use as "leisure" – causing the death of the rapper.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 30 times more potent than heroin. It is one of the deadliest drugs associated with the ongoing opioid crisis and the most common cause of accidental overdoses that outnumber heroin. In recent years alone, Fentanyl has killed a number of high-profile musicians, including Prince, Tom Petty, and Lil Peep, all of whom died in similar circumstances as Miller.
Miller has been struggling with drug abuse all his life and has spoken openly about it in the past. His early career was marked by a reliance on lean – a blend of promethazine and codeine – though he could get used to habits for a while. Miller experienced fits of sobriety but had started drinking again this year, leading to a DUI arrest this May. After the autopsy, a bottle of alcohol, a bottle of prescription pills, and a "white powdery substance" were found in Miller's house after his death.
Throughout his career, Miller was open in his assessment of his own struggles with his addictive tendencies, which he raised in his music and in interviews. He brought to his music and his life a keen sense of his own mortality. "There's only so much time left in this crazy world," according to one of the tattoos, according to the autopsy report.
Miller's death in September came at the critical tip of his career – his last album, swimwas widely considered his best and an indication that he had much more to offer as an artist. Last week, a tribute concert took place in his honor, benefitting the newly formed Mac Miller Circles Fund, a charitable organization founded on his behalf. Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper, SZA, and more performed at the show, and many of Miller's friends and collaborators agreed that made him a talented artist.
Related topics: How does Fentanyl contaminate American cocaine supply?