Mac Miller's Manager Says Rapper Showed No Signs Of Mental Illness Before Death

His manager opened up about the rap star's death in a new op-ed.

(AllHipHop News) Mac Miller's manager is still having a tough time coming to terms with the rapper's tragic death, insisting his loss is "so surreal."

The rapper, born Malcolm McCormick, suffered a fatal drug overdose in September, and hearing the news was like a "punch in the gut" for his longtime representative Christian Clancy.

He said there were there were no signs to suggest the 26-year-old had been struggling mentally or physically.

Clancy recalls the last time he saw Mac, just two days before his death, and reveals the star appeared to be in great spirits as he focused on his health.

"I last saw him two days before he died," Clancy wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian. "He was very open about his struggles throughout his career, but he had been fully focused and engaged. He knew the progress he had made, battling his internal dialogue - it wasn't easy, but he was doing it and feeling the rewards.

"A few days before, he was sending Kelly (Clancy's wife) and me workout videos of himself alongside Rocky-themed music. He was happy and in as good a mental state as he had been since we'd known him."

It's for that reason that Miller's loss has been hard to accept, despite having had some time to nurse his heartache.

"That's why all of this is so surreal - it was like a punch in the gut," Clancy continues. "There was so much in front of him that he was excited about. He was about to go on tour... He knew he was at his best... and couldn't wait to show his fans who he now was and the direction he was fully leaning into."

Looking back on Miller's legacy, Clancy hopes fans will learn from the way Mac carried himself, treating others just as he would want to be treated himself.

"He was a spark to so many people," he concludes. "In a world dominated by ego, he led with the soul and lived by focusing on similarities rather than differences - that's a lesson we all could use. I truly miss you, Malcolm."

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I remember the first song I ever heard by Mac Miller was "Missed Calls" on MTV. The intriguing intro, the long drive, and his retro attire had me hooked from the start. It was unlike any of the videos airing on television at the time but he himself was even more different.

He had 4 minutes to tell a lyrical story and dammit he aced it. From the first lyric to the very last he kept it real, hard, and entertaining. I never witnessed any of what he felt or went through but he made you feel as if you've felt this way your whole damn life, he made you relate to a story that you never experienced first hand. Malcolm gave it his all (verbally) so listeners could understand and feel all what he was feeling.

After that I wanted to hear more from him and so I did with "Loud" which was a good song in my opinion. Reality TV is my least favorite genre to watch but I watched him on his show and fell in love with his humorous teddy bear personality.

As the years progressed I'll admit I wasn't waiting for his next album to come out or buy tickets to his upcoming shows, I just hoped he'll be able to have a strong career and grow even more as an artist because he seemed so deserving. He grew the most when he made The Divine Feminine. That was a masterpiece to me, he had evolved so much, not only as an artist but a man. I remember hearing on the radio (The Breakfast Club) that he was recently sober and was turning his life around. I don't know what inspired him to do better but it had a great influence on his work. I still listen to so many tracks from that album daily.

I remember staying up a little later than usual to watch him perform on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert and feeling so proud of him when he performed "Ladders". I loved this even more of a new turn he was taking with his music. He looked so comfortable, and more put together, and healthy. When people think of "rap" they wouldn't think of all the genres that Mac had mixed into rap music. He didn't fit into one strick box, because he had different ways to express himself and different melodies that would not only reach out to listeners but beautify his art and complete his craft.

When he died I was in complete shock. I genuinely thought I misunderstood what the news reporter said, I convinced myself other wise for a few minutes and said that she must've said "Mac Miller's producer died." Or someone really close to him. As I sat there the thought started to eat me up because the thought of something happening to him was scary. I immediately rushed downstairs to get my phone out of the socket from charging and I googled his name. I realized that I didn't misunderstand the news reporter at all because what she said was true, he was dead.

I cried, and I cried, and I cried, I literally lied in bed underneath my covers and cried because I was so depressed by this news. I didn't tell anyone because they'll think I'm crazy for crying over a guy I never personally knew. I'm not the emotional type so all of this was very unlike me but I couldn't shake off this gut wrenching feeling.

I may have never met him or spoken to him but listening to his music has got me through a lot of rough times in life. It has embraced me when nobody physically could. It also made me realize things about myself that I never questioned before and I love that his music had the ability to make me think and dig deeper into myself. Like I said we never met but it swear it feels like I lost a really good friend. I could only imagine the amount of pain his real friends and family are in. My condolences are with them all.

We may not have him on this Earth anymore but we still have his music that can live longer than any of us. Let's all come together and build his legacy. Rest in paradise Mac, love you. 😘