How did Mac Miller die?
A makeshift memorial for late rapper Mac Miller appears at the corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenues on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Getty Images

Rapper Mac Miller died from an apparent overdose, but according to official documents obtained by TMZ, Mac Miller’s cause of death remains unknown.

TMZ reports that the documents filed with Los Angeles County say Mac Miller’s cause of death is "deferred." The L.A. County Coroner is currently waiting for toxicology results to determine Mac Miller’s cause of death.

According to TMZ, Mac Miller’s cause of death will remain as deferred for approximately four to six weeks.

What does deferred mean on a death certificate?

According to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department death certificates are registered as deferred when the actual cause of death is considered unknown. Although we know that Mac Miller’s cause of death was a result from an apparent drug overdose, official toxicology and autopsy results need to be available before the death certificate can be changed. The Los Angles County Public Health Department notes that if a death certificate is registered as deferred, "an amendment needs to be filed by the coroner in the California Electronic Death Registration System (CA-EDRS) as soon as the results are available."

 

Mac Miller's cause of death listed as deferred, no drugs found at scene

Mac Miller's cause of death: What drugs did Mac Miller use?

This information will not become available until toxicology results have become available. Sources told TMZ that Miller’s house was "swept clean" before cops could search for clues to help determine Mac Miller’s cause of death. There was no evidence of pill bottles or drug paraphernalia found at the scene when police performed an initial search, but TMZ did report that police found a small amount of white powder was found in Miller's home. 

The 26-year-old rapper — real name Malcolm McCormick — struggled with substance abuse. Miller was arrested for DUI in May shortly after his breakup with then-girlfriend Ariana Grande. 

While it's not clear as to what drugs he overdosed, a 2016 Fader magazine documentary, Mac Miller – Stopped Making Excuses, provides us with insight into his career when he was younger. At one point in the documentary, Miller details his drug, saying he needs drugs that are stronger than marijuana. In the documentary, he is seen mixing lean, which is a mixture of prescription-strength cough syrup and Sprite soda. 

"At one point weed didn't relax me from everything. It made me more paranoid about all the sh-t happening," he said in a voiceover mixing lean and pouring it into a cup. "I needed to get a drug that was a little bit more numbing if you will…and less, like, in your head. I think that's really what sparked me doing other drugs because I hate being sober."

In the documentary, rapper French Montana and Mac Miller were in the studio. Montana is seen warning him about the potency of what he was drinking.

"This is too much, though. This is the pure," Montana said as Miller grinned. "You're not listening to me. That's not even the one that you think is it," referring to the strength of the concoction. "That's really it. Listen to me. I'm your brother. This right here... you're going to miss a couple of shows," he added.

This part of the documentary takes place around the 6:10 mark. 

Mac Miller drinks lean in Fader documentary

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