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'A great talent, great human, it's so heartbreaking': Tributes paid to US rapper Mac Miller dead aged 26

The rapper was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning after a reported overdose. Photo: AP

Stars have been paying tribute to Mac Miller after the platinum-selling US musician died aged 26.

The rapper, whose music had documented struggles with substance abuse and depression, was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning after a reported overdose.

The LA coroner has said the cause of his death was yet to be determined.

He is the former partner of Ariana Grande. They performed together at a memorial concert following the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and the pair released music together before their split earlier this year.

The No Tears Left To Cry singer, 25, who performed in London on Tuesday, is yet to comment but disabled comments on her Instagram page after trolls blamed her for his death.

Mac Miller and Ariana Grande performed together at a memorial concert following the Manchester Arena bombing. Credit: PA

Ed Sheeran, Chance The Rapper and Post Malone were among a stream of stars to pay tribute to the "great talent".

Posting an image of the pair on Instagram, Sheeran said Miller's untimely death was "so heartbreaking".

He said: "I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were.

"As well as being a great talent, he was a great human."

American rapper Macklemore paid tribute to Mac Miller in a lengthy Instagram post detailing both of their battles with addition.

He wrote: "Such a genuine person. Brilliant sense of humor. A true artist. Your spirit is what impressed me the most. The energy you brought to any space you were in. Contagious. You reached out to me at times when others didn’t. You were human. And we shared the same disease. A disease that is out to kill us, and when left untreated eventually will."

Post Malone said Miller "changed so many lives", while Chance The Rapper said he was "one of the sweetest guys I ever knew".

US singer Miguel, who collaborated with Miller on his 2016 album GO:OD AM, said he was "insanely talented" and "never got the credit he deserved".

"Long Live Mac Miller, Rest In Peace We Love You," Jaden Smith tweeted.

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Police erected a cordon outside his modest home in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles on Friday.

A van from the coroner's office was also parked outside before driving away with the musician's body.

One mourner, who declined to be named and who described himself as a friend of Miller, arrived in a Ferrari before entering the house. He left a short time later.

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Pittsburgh Slim, a rapper from Mac Miller's hometown, also visited and placed a bouquet of flowers at the door of the house.

Speaking to reporters in the street, he said: "Everyone is sad. I did not expect this, but everyone is sad. A lot of people are hurting.

"Just a great, great kid. Nobody had anything bad to say about him, you can see from the reaction from Twitter. This is too much. His fans will never forget him."

He added: "We love you Mac."

The coroner said a post-mortem will be carried out to try and establish how Miller died.

"The music artist known as Mac Miller died today in his Studio City home," the LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said in a statement.

"In the late morning of September 7, Malcolm McCormick was found unresponsive in his home located in the 11600 block of Valleycrest Drive in Studio City. Authorities were called and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11.51am.

"At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined."

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The Los Angeles Police Department said it was called to a "death investigation" at an address in the Valley Crest area of north Hollywood at 11.50am.

Emergency services had been sent to a patient in cardiac arrest, according to a dispatch call obtained by celebrity news site TMZ.

Grande and Miller separated earlier this year, with the singer confirming the split in May.

At the time she said the breakdown was "heartbreaking", although the relationship had become "toxic".

She said on Twitter: "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be.

"I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man's inability to keep his s*** together is a very major problem."