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