The World Mourns the Loss of Pittsburgh-Native Star, Mac Miller

Annie Snyder '21 and Caitlyn Berl '20

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Pittsburgh native and top charting artist Mac Miller died of a supposed overdose on September 7, 2018.  He was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home and later pronounced dead. Social media poured out their heart to him and his family.  Multiple artists such as Kendrick Lamar, G-Eazy, Travis Scott, and fellow Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa paid tributes to Mac. Ariana Grande, Miller’s ex-girlfriend, posted a heartfelt video and message on her Instagram as well.

Mac Miller had a large impact of the youth in Pittsburgh.  He grew up in Point Breeze and attended St. Bede as well as Taylor Allderdice High School. In honor of Miller, a public vigil was held on September 11 at Frick Park. The vigil brought out thousands of fans who painted portraits, lit candles, and placed flowers at the famous blue slide. Many gave heartfelt speeches about the rapper including his grandmother Marcia Weiss. Weiss talked about how much he loved the city and everyone in it: “But he loves you all, he loves Pittsburgh and everything you have done for him. Thank you so much for everybody being here. You were wonderful.” Millers debut album was titled Blue Slide Park. His biggest songs off the album, “Party on Fifth Ave.” and “Frick Park Market” are a tribute to where he grew up.