Mac Miller vigil: Fans remember rapper at vigil in the park he named his first album after

Mac Miller vigil: Fans remember rapper at vigil in the park he named his first album after

September 11, 2018 0 By admin


Cydney Henderson


USA TODAY

Published 6:32 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018

Hundreds of people are flocking to the Pittsburgh park Mac Miller named his 2011 debut album after to mourn and remember the rapper, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home Friday. He was 26.  

Nightfall Records, a recording label based in Miller’s hometown, is hosting a public vigil at Frick Park, which is also known as Blue Slide Park.

“We would like to bring the city together in full force for this legendary icon,” the label announced on Facebook. “Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories; most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened.”

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It’s the struggle and the way he tried to deal with it – often in his music – that fans are celebrating Tuesday evening. Nearly 3,000 fans confirmed they would attend the event and hundreds have showed up so far, according to local radio station 91.3 WYEP. 

Before the memorial kicked off, the famous blue slide was revamped in honor of the late rapper. Pittsburgh Public Works applied a fresh coat of paint and fans laid flowers and candles in Miller’s memory. 

One Twitter user said a makeshift memorial at the top of the newly painted slide was “looking so nice for Mac.”

The slide was one of many memorials set up to honor the Pittsburgh native. Hundreds gathered around a display that featured pictures of Miller, music notes and candles. 

One mourner shared a picture on Facebook, adding: “Rest In Peace @macmiller I don’t have many words right now. Thank you for bringing the city together @nightfallrecordspgh such to honor to be here to and be a part of this tribute.”

Nightfall Records encouraged fans to get creative: “We are welcoming all artists to come and paint, create, draw, live tribute art for this event.” 

One fan crafted necklaces full of Miller’s personality to “spread love” to fellow mourners. “I will be going around and giving little gifts to people who seem like they need it,” user @AlyssaJanel16 tweeted.

The park holds such a dear spot in the heart of mourners that some are trying to make it Blue Slide Park forever. 

Fans are petitioning to rename Frick Park, according to local radio station 91.3 WYEP.

An autopsy was completed and Miller’s body has been released to his family, Los Angeles County coroner’s office spokesperson Sarah Ardalani confirmed to USA TODAY Tuesday, but an official cause of death won’t be released until toxicology results come back. That can take months. 

The rapper and former boyfriend of Ariana Grande had reportedly struggled with substance abuse. (USA TODAY has reached out to Miller’s representatives for more information.)

This story is developing. 

Related: Mac Miller’s friend says Ariana Grande ‘was an unbelievably stabilizing force in his life’

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