By: Alison Chodak
LOS ANGELES, CA – On September 7 at 11:51 a.m., Mac Miller was pronounced dead. He allegedly died from an overdose in his home in California. His family is keeping the details of which drug caused his death private. Miller had previously used codeine and promethazine extensively.
Mac Miller was a popular rap artist who recently released his album “SWIMMING.” on August 3. He recently split from his ex, Ariana Grande, in May. Grande and Miller broke up due to his substance abuse. She was fed up with “babysitting” Mac Miller and his addiction. She posted the following tribute on Instagram after he passed, “I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will…I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to.” Grande had her fair share with Miller in the past and “was all about getting him healthy” their friend Shane Powers said. Before Miller passed, he had something to say about his mental health/substance abuse. “’I really wouldn’t want just happiness, and I don’t want just sadness either,’ he said. ‘I don’t want to be depressed. I want to be able to have good days and bad days.’”
Mac Miller isn’t different from many celebrities. Many have drug addictions or have suffered an overdose. Some celebrities overdosed were Keith Moon, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith. Why do so many celebrities have this problem? Drugs are easy to retrieve and become addicted to. Celebrities also have a quick access to drugs. It takes them only one phone call and their dealer will get it to them. Which is the same for everyday citizens. Why aren’t people getting help? Many are ashamed and afraid or just don’t want it. Despite this, plenty of people have defeated their drug addictions. There are many celebrities who have conquered their drug addictions as well. Some include Drew Barrymore, Amy Poehler, Angelina Jolie and Stephen King. Many factors that help individuals overcome their addictions involve loved ones and family members. Everyone has support whether it’s celebrities or students at Niagara University. Don’t be afraid to change yourself for the better.