Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, was found unresponsive at noon on September 7 at his San Fernando Valley home. Whilst no official cause of death has yet been released, Miller is believed to have died from an apparent overdose.
Now in an interview for Adam22’s No Jumper podcast, Xan revealed his last encounter with Miller – and how his death has made him consider “retiring after this contract.”
“The Mac shit is crazy,” he said, reports E. “I’ve been crying in my apartment, Mac didn’t die, Mac didn’t overdose.”
“When your hero dies, fuck that shit, I don’t want to make music no more.”
Speaking of their last meeting, he added: “Before I left, he was like ‘Be safe.’ People say that you know, like ‘be safe.’ But he grabbed me, and he pulled me back and he was like ‘No I mean BE SAFE,'” Lil Xan said. “That almost made me cry, that’s my idol right there.”
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” Miller’s family said in a statement.
They added: “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
Miller’s former girlfriend Ariana Grande was also among those to pay tribute, by sharing a tender photo of the late rapper.