Miller was found dead in his San Fernando Valley home on September 7. He was 26 years old. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Miller’s cause of death was from “mixed drug toxicity”, with fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol found in his system at the time of his death. The coroner certified his death as an accidental overdose.
Now, in an emotional interview with BET‘s Raq Rants, Montana spoke out about his friend’s drug problem and wanting to help.
“Honestly, I think Mac Miller was doing the same thing every other artist was doing out there,” he said. “If you’ve seen the video that me and him did, I’m like ‘Yo, bro, you’re overdoing it.’ But that was him way before. Sometimes if people don’t have people that keep them grounded, it can go left. I just feel like they let him get away with whatever he chooses to do.”
He continued: “I feel like I have people that, if I do something like that, how I was to him like a big brother, like, ‘Bro, you’re bugging out… He ain’t have that around him. Because if I did it that night, if I was around him a couple more nights, I would have made him stop… but he didn’t have nobody that was doing that.”
Montana appeared in the 2016 Mac Miller documentary Stopped Making Excuses, while Miller also appeared in a 2012 episode of French Montana’s Coke Boys TV.
Last week (October 31), a tribute concert held in the rapper’s memory took place at LA’s Greek Theatre. Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, SZA, and more honoured the star at the Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life show, where an all-star line-up performed their own music as well as versions of some of Miller’s best tracks.
Miller released five albums in his career, including August’s ‘Swimming’. In a four-star review, NME called it his “best work in years”, saying: “This album shows his growth as both an artist, and as a person who’s had to deal with the most private aspects of their life being publicly dissected. It’s a stellar – if somewhat overlong – artistic statement.”