Sir Elton’s trib­ute to Amer­i­can rap­per Mac Miller, 26

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Tributes have been paid to plat­inum-sell­ing Amer­i­can rap­per Mac Miller fol­low­ing his death at the age of 26.

Miller was found un­re­spon­sive at his home in Los An­ge­les after a re­ported over­dose.

Miller, whose real name was Mal­colm James McCormick, rose to fame after top­ping the US charts in 2011 with his de­but al­bum Blue Slide Park.

He re­leased his lat­est record, Swim­ming, ear­lier this year and was due to go on tour.

The LA coro­ner said the cause of Miller’s death has yet to be de­ter­mined and that a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion will be car­ried out.

Miller had been open about his sub­stance abuse and had ad­mit­ted be­ing ad­dicted to a com­bi­na­tion of promet­hazine and codeine, known as “lean”, which he said he took to man­age the stress he was en­dur­ing on tour in 2012.

Sir Elton John paid trib­ute to the young rap­per dur­ing the open­ing show of his fi­nal world tour in Penn­syl­va­nia.

He ded­i­cated his performance of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to Miller dur­ing the set, which marked the start of his three-year Farewell Yel­low Brick Road trek.

Born in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, Miller be­gan to fo­cus on his mu­sic while still at school and re­leased his first mix-tape un­der the name EZ Mac at just 15.

Ma­tur­ing in the pub­lic eye, he starred in an MTV re­al­ity se­ries in 2013 which fol­lowed him and a group of friends after he moved to Los An­ge­les to pur­sue his ca­reer.

He re­leased a se­ries of al­bums and EPs across the last decade.

Mac Miller had been open about his sub­stance abuse.

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