Mac Miller, the popular Pittsburgh rapper who died in September at 26, suffered an accidental fatal overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, according to a toxicology report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner on Monday. The cause of death was listed as “mixed drug toxicity.”
The involvement of fentanyl — a synthetic opiate estimated to be over 50 times more powerful than heroin — puts Miller in the company of other musicians like Prince, Tom Petty and Lil Peep, all of whom died from an accidental overdose involving the drug in recent years. A major component in the growing opiate crisis across the United States, fentanyl is often mixed into black-market supplies of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and benzodiazepines.
The Centers for Disease Control estimated this summer that drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number and increase of about 10 percent from the year prior.