In Death, Mac Miller gets Justice



Mac Miller performs on day three of the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on March 5, 2016 in Okeechobee, Fla. The man who allegedly suppled Miller with fentanyl-laced pills before he overdosed has been arrested. (Rolando Otero/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Mac Miller has made headline news nearly a year after he passed away. 

Miller had been arrested for a DUI and fleeing the scene after he caused an accident, his breakup with Ariana Grande was major gossip since they had dated for two years and his overdose also made the news.

Miller died of an overdose in his Los Angeles home on Sept. 7, 2018. 362 days later police charged Cameron James Pettit – Mac Miller’s drug dealer – for falsifying his product and lacing it with fentanyl. Miller died just before starting his tour for his most recent album, “Swimming.” “I just need a way out of my head,” said Mac Miller in his song “Come Back to Earth.” “I’ll do anything for a way out of my head.” In this album, Miller openly references his fight with drugs and publicly stresses his difficulty in also fighting the anxiety of being famous during interviews.   

Many celebrities spoke out about Miller’s death. Grande referenced him as an angel in hit song “thank u, next.” Chance the Rapper tweeted about how he was such a sweet man and took him on his first tours. Pettit’s messages revealed that he thought he was guilty and “better not post anything” just to be safe. The rise of Pettit’s name in the case developed from a federal criminal complaint, which can be filed by the prosecutor, victim or police, charging somebody with whatever crime was committed. 

Fentanyl is one of the leading drugs that kills so many people in the current opioid crisis. Police are focused on getting these drugs and dealers off the streets to combat the crisis in hopes of saving lives. Pettit is still awaiting his trial, but even he believes he will be going to prison.