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Friends and Family Pay Their Respects to Mac Miller

by Dylan Shaler

Fans and friends all around the world pay their respects to Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller.

On Friday Sept. 9th, Malcolm Mccormick (Known as Mac Miller), passed away suddenly at his home in Los Angeles of a apparent drug overdose at the age of 26. Malcolm was born and raised in Point Breeze in Pittsburgh.

From a pour of response from social media to a vigil in Blue Slide Park in Frick Park, people joined together all over the world to honor him.

Former classmate and fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa reacts to the passing “Praying for Mac’s family and that he rest easy #pgh #412.”

Numerous celebrities went to social media to spread their condolences to the family. Artists such as Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Snoop Dog, and many more paid their respects and memories that they shared with Mac.

Chance the Rapper tweets“I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.”

Artists such as Drake, J Cole, G-Eazy, and Elton John all gave tribute to Mac Miller at their concerts and dedicated songs in his honor.

Locally, fans from as far away as Toronto, Canada joined together at a public vigil at Blue Slide Park in Frick Park, Tuesday Sept. 11th.

Night Fall Records, a Pittsburgh based record company, created the event on Facebook which immediately went viral with companies such as TMZ and Billboard covering the vigil.

Nightfall Records states in the event “We would like to bring the city together in full force for this legendary icon. Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories; most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened.”

During the vigil, fans brought flowers, candles, and memorabilia and laid them throughout the park, local artists painted portraits of Mac, and a upcoming popular DJ, DJ Afterthought, played Mac’s songs throughout the night and fans sang along.

There was also a petition for fans to sign to purpose the name change of Blue Slide Park to Mac Miller, Blue Slide Park.

Mary Mervis, a local to Point Breeze, came up with the idea a night before the vigil. Her and Pittsburgh councilman Corey O’Conner have known each other for years and she knew the right person to go to.

Mary stated, “We collected exactly 1,992 signatures… the same year Malcolm was born! Talk about a sign.”

It will be years until the dedication could happen, but they are on the right track.

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