Mac Miller’s family is speaking out after a man was arrested for allegedly selling the rapper counterfeit drugs.
On the eve of his death, family and friends gathered to remember the Pittsburgh rapper at a memorial at Blue Slide Park in his hometown. His father, Mark McCormick, got emotional as he addressed the crowd.
“He remained loyalest to his friends,” said McCormick (via KDKA Pittsburgh). “He was always loving and kind to others.”
He also shared some words of wisdom about drugs, life, and pursuing dreams. “I don’t care if you want to be an artist, you want to be an architect, you want to be a musician, you want to be an accountant … whenever that moment happens, I think we have to go all in on finding the thing that we love to do, that gives us joy in life.”
On Wednesday (Sept. 4), prosecutors charged a Hollywood Hills man in connection with the death of Miller. Cameron James Pettit is accused of supplying the rapper with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl two days before his death.
“So they finally caught that motherf**ker”
-Mac Miller’s father (Mark McCormick) pic.twitter.com/rXwVFgwy4f
— Mac Miller (@LongLiveMacMil1) September 8, 2019
During Friday’s memorial, Miller’s father celebrated Pettit’s arrest. “So they finally caught that motherf**ker that sold him the drugs,” he said to cheers from the crowd. “And we find some comfort. And many of us were young including me experimenting with drugs, but it’s a different fucking world out there. And all it takes is a little stone, a little tiny stone of fentanyl and cocaine and you’re dead. Drugs are being laced with fentanyl, all kinds of drugs.”
He ended with some advice: “The one thing I would say to you, don’t take the risk. It’s just not worth it.”
In addition to his family, Miller’s ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande is also reportedly relieved following Pettit’s arrest. According to a TMZ report, she believes those connected to Miller’s death should be convicted and face harsh consequences for taking advantage of someone suffering from addiction.
The Mac Miller Circles Fund has been set up in Mac’s honor. Donations will support youth arts and community-building programs in his hometown of Pittsburgh.