Mac Miller‘s grandmother Marcia Weiss thanked fans during an emotional speech at the rapper’s vigil in Pittsburgh’s Frick Park.
26-year-old Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, was found unresponsive on Friday (September 7) in his San Fernando Valley home. He is suspected to have overdosed, but no official cause of death has been confirmed at present.
During the vigil, Weiss took to the podium for a quick thank you message. “Everybody, he would be so excited, he wished he was here and I wish he was here,” she said. “But he loves you all, he loves Pittsburgh and everything you have done for him. Thank you so much for everybody being here. You were wonderful.” Watch the short speech below along with another clip of the vigil.
Mac Miller's grandmother speaks at a vigil held for him at Blue Slide Park.."He loves you all, he loves Pittsburgh and everything you have done for him." pic.twitter.com/XqysxmRr5J
— Karen Civil ?? (@KarenCivil) September 12, 2018
Fans of rapper Mac Miller, who died of an apparent overdose at the age of 26, gather for a vigil at Blue Slide Park in Frick Park Tuesday, Sept. 11 2018, in Squirrel Hill. @PGVisuals @PittsburghPG #vigil pic.twitter.com/4L1rho1f2F
— Jessie Wardarski (@JKayWardarski) September 11, 2018
Among the many artists to pay tribute to the young rapper, Liam Gallagher used his set at Lollapalooza Berlin to dedicate the Oasis classic ‘Live Forever’ to the memory of Miller.
When introducing the track at Lollapalooza Berlin, Gallagher told the crowd: “I’d like to dedicate this to a lad who’s just died, Mac Miller”.
Miller’s friend Childish Gambino also used a performance to honour his memory. “I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up,” he said. “He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music… my heart is broken.”
He added that people “should be allowed to be sad about it”, saying: “my heart was broken… and I feel good about being sad because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment… Everybody in this room deserves that.”
He also dedicated his song ‘Riot’ to the late star. “So I just wanna say ‘I love you, Mac, and I just want to tell you that I love you and this song is for him because I feel like sometimes he wanted to let go,” he said before performing the track.