Ariana Grande’s brother Frankie Grande has spoken out about Mac Miller’s sudden death, revealing Miller’s help with his addiction struggles.
On Friday, Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was found dead in his California home. The star seemed to have passed due to a drug overdose, but no official cause of death has been specified yet. His ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande took to Instagram a day after his death to mourn his passing with a black and white picture of him sitting on the ground and looking up at the camera.
Grande’s brother, Frankie, took to Instagram to mourn the rapper’s death as well, writing, “I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister. He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them.”
Frankie also wrote about his experiences at the rehabilitation center and how Mac had reacted to his sobriety. He wrote”
“It was the place where I found the community of support that showed me that living life without drugs was a possibility and I would never have discovered that if it weren’t for Malcolm. I remember when I would get 30, 60, 90 days clean and Malcom would be there with a gift and a card and words of encouragement… telling me that he knew how hard getting sober is and how impressed he was that I was succeeding.”
Addressing Miller’s cause of death, he also said, “Addiction is a TERRIBLE disease… many people are suffering from addiction like I am and many many of them are losing. Those of us who are struggling with addiction must stay strong. We must continue to work HARD on ourselves every single day and help each other.”
“Our disease is strong but WE ARE STRONGER and I vow to work every moment of my life to keep myself sober so that i may be there for others. This is a difficult road but YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TRUDGE IT ALONE. To anyone who needs help, help is there. you just need to have the courage to ask, which I know can be EXTREMELY difficult… but when you do I GUARANTEE support will be there. do not be ashamed if you are losing the battle against addiction, shame feeds the disease, humility defeats it. please ask for help! you are NOT ALONE! I am here… and I will continue to be here… for you… Malcom my friend, you will be dearly missed. and I know you will be looking down on me from heaven, proudAF for every day I live my life clean and sober… 453 days and counting… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Read the full statement here:
Frankie also included the numbers for Alcoholics Anonymous ((212) 870-3400), Narcotics Anonymous ((818) 773-9999) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-9255).