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Today the artist Mac Miller passed away. He was 26-years old.
Mac Miller openly suffered from addiction and mental illness- candidly talking about his struggles in interviews and breaking down the walls that create stigma.
He was a talented musician, and impacted many young people with his music and his soul.
The tragedy of another young person, lost to addiction is a heavy weight we must carry as a society.
It seems recently, that we are losing celebrities at an alarming rate.
Through tragedy, a platform is opened- in which we can gather together and speak loudly about these things which have been forbidden.
With addiction, suicide, and mental illness ringing loudly in our ears- we must remember those we have lost. And move forward- not in silence, but in strength- with knowledge gained from their lives and their pain- with lessons to speak up and ask questions.
We must commit to caring for each other- no longer is it possible to look away from mental illness and addiction- we are so clearly surrounded by it- so clearly suffering from it, or not, but know people who are. So now, we must rise together to change the conversation and break the stigma which has silenced us for so long.
As for Mac Miller, I hope deeply that his family feels the love and support they need to get through this time- and I hope they feel comfort knowing they have the support of many others who have gone through similar loss. I hope he is at peace and that he rests in peace.
R.I.P Mac Miller
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One Reply to “Rest in Peace, Mac Miller”
This is awful news. It’s scary because I’m exactly the same age as him. Although I feel for his family and fans, I can’t help but get frustrated with society’s reaction to his death. So many people are expressing how important it is to help someone struggling with addiction and whatnot, yet the same people that say that about this celebrity, are ones that condemn people in their own family or neighborhood. At least that has been my experience on my social media timeline.
I truly hope that this can help open the hearts of people who shame addicts and their families. A celebrity or a high school friend are both human and deserve to be supported despite their status.