Mac Miller Mourned at Blue Slide Park in Pittsburg by Thousands of Fans

Fans of Mac Miller gathered in Pittsburgh to memorialize the rapper at his childhood hangout. The star, 26, died in his San Fernando Valley home in California last Friday. On Tuesday, thousands attended a public vigil at Frick Park’s Blue Slide Playground. The site inspired the title of his debut album, Blue Slide Park.

Local record label Nightfall Records organized the event. “We would like to bring the city together in full force for this legendary icon. Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories,” the label wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “Most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened.”

The label added, “We are welcoming all artists to come and paint, create, draw live tribute art for this event.”

At the vigil, artists painted portraits of the late rapper, DJs played his music, and people placed candles and Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia around the park.

The park also received a fresh coat of paint, courtesy of the Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works, according to CBS Pittsburgh. Some attending the vigil signed a petition to change the name of the playground to Mac Miller Blue Slide Park.

Miller’s grandmother, Marcia Weiss, gave a speech thanking the large crowd for coming out to commemorate her late grandson. “So many wonderful young people have come here to be able to pay their respects. I’m just so proud and so pleased,” Weiss told CBS at the memorial.

“The pain will be there forever. He was such a large part of my life,” she continued. “There are so many people that have loved him and have enjoyed his music. Hopefully they will continue to enjoy life.”

Miller’s mother and brother are expected to return to Pittsburgh from their home in California, the news outlet reported.

Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley home last Friday. He was pronounced dead on the scene, and a drug overdose is suspected. His official cause of death is unknown, as toxicology reports have not yet been completed, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. As of now, Miller’s death certificate says “deferred.”

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