Par Naomi Clément

TMZ broke the news on Friday September 7: Mac Miller, aged 26, had been found dead at his home in San Fernando, California. "He died of an apparent overdose", reported the US site. Following this shocking, tragic news, tributes to the rapper have been pouring in. First of all, on his social media, where fans shared numerous photos accompanied by moving words, remembering the inspiring creativity of the Pittsburgh rapper. Meanwhile, musicians from within and beyond the hip-hop world have publicly celebrated his memory. 

His last album Swimming was released a month ago. (© Mac Miller/The Swimming Tour)

Several hours after the rapper's tragic death was announced, Drake, on stage at TD Garden in Boston, announced that his concert would be completely dedicated to Malcolm James McCormick (the rapper's real name). "Tonight, I want to dedicate this show to my late friend Mac Miller, who was always a kind man", he explained to the audience before singing the melancholic "Emotionless".

That same evening, Elton John, opening his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour in Pennsylvania, also took the time to express his sadness and consternation on stage. He solemnly declared, before performing the track "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me":

"Unbelievably, 26 years of age, and passed away yesterday. It's inconceivable that someone so young, and with so much talent, could do that. And I just would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And, Mac, wherever you are, I hope you're happy now."

"I wish I could have made music with him"

Also in the middle of a tour right now, Childish Gambino took the opportunity at his concert at the United Center in Chicago on September 9 to talk about Mac Miller's genius, and his relationship with music. "And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, 'this corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude'", he said to his audience.

"That guy really loved music […]", continued the man behind "This is America". "Like my heart was broken… and I feel good about being sad, because it tells me that he was special". After his speech, he dedicated the track "Riot", from the album Awaken, My Love!, to the late rapper.

That same day, on September 9, American pianist and singer Fiona Apple shared a video in which she explained the impact Larry Fisherman had made on her on the day they met:

"It was, like, for a few hours and it was a small group of people but I really really really liked him and I wanted to stay friends with him. I remember that he was talking about how much he loved Jon Brion  [who worked on Mac Miller's last album, Swimming, ed.]. I wish I could have made music with him."

Large numbers of musicians have expressed their sadness at Mac Miller's death on social media. Among them are J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Solange, Thundercat, Post Malone and Lil Wayne. His ex-girlfriend Ariane Grande, who had until then remained silent, harassed by a storm of messages accusing her of being the cause of Mac Miller's death, shared a black and white photo of the rapper on Sunday September 9.