Ariana Grande's Brother Frankie Grande Tributes Mac Miller
By Paris Close
September 13, 2018
On Wednesday (September 12), the 35-year-old issued a sentimental message via Instagram reflecting on the memories and experiences he shared with Miller before the late rapper died at age 26 of a suspected overdose last Friday (September 7).
“I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister," writes in his letter of Miller's relationship with Ariana, whom Miller dated for nearly two years before their breakup in May.
Frankie then reveals how the Swimming emcee urged him to seek sobriety from drug addiction, saying, "He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them."
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I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister. He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them. It was the place where I found the community of support that showed me that living life without drugs was a possibility and I would never have discovered that if it weren’t for Malcolm. I remember when I would get 30, 60, 90 days clean and Malcom would be there with a gift and a card and words of encouragement... telling me that he knew how hard getting sober is and how impressed he was that I was succeeding. Addiction is a TERRIBLE disease… many people are suffering from addiction like I am and many many of them are losing. Those of us who are struggling with addiction must stay strong. We must continue to work HARD on ourselves every single day and help each other. Our disease is strong but WE ARE STRONGER and I vow to work every moment of my life to keep myself sober so that i may be there for others. This is a difficult road but YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TRUDGE IT ALONE. To anyone who needs help, help is there. you just need to have the courage to ask, which I know can be EXTREMELY difficult... but when you do I GUARANTEE support will be there. do not be ashamed if you are losing the battle against addiction, shame feeds the disease, humility defeats it. please ask for help! you are NOT ALONE! I am here... and I will continue to be here... for you... Malcom my friend, you will be dearly missed. and I know you will be looking down on me from heaven, proudAF for every day I live my life clean and sober... 453 days and counting... Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙏💖 AA: (212) 870-3400 NA: (818) 773-9999 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: :800-273-9255
"Our disease is strong but WE ARE STRONGER," Frankie continued, pledging to help others get the help they need. "Malcom [sic] my friend, you will be dearly missed … Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Miller's passing was met with immediate mourning from the music world, with everyone from Chance The Rapper, Shawn Mendes and Diplo celebrating the "Self Care" artist's life and legacy on social media.
After the terrible news broke, the "No Tears Left to Cry" songbird lamented her ex-lover with a touching image of Miller posted to her Instagram.
Frankie's touching note comes hours after fans honored Miller with a public vigil at Blue Slide Park in his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As of late, Miller's body is currently en route to his hometown in preparation for his upcoming funeral.
If you or anyone you know is facing substance abuse issues, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for free and confidential information 24/7.
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