The death of Malcom James McCormick, famously known as “Mac Miller” has been being mourned since September 7th, 2018. The young American Rapper was only 26 when he had an [accidental] drug overdose in his Los Angeles home. He released a number of mixtapes before embarking on his first tour titled ‘The Incredibly Dope Tour’. It was a great success, selling out at all locations, foreshadowing his later achievements. Following his career breakthrough in 2010, Mac Miller announced his first album ‘Blue Slide Park’, launched his own record label ‘REMember Music’ and kept the momentum going with consistent projects that only added value to his name.

When the world lost this incredible talent time stopped for a moment. Although he had been vulnerable and transparent about his drug use and mental health challenges, his overdose still came as a shock. Through an investigation surrounding his death details were brought to light that helped us make more sense of it. And now, almost four years later more is being shared- the latest news tells one of the three drug dealers involved pleaded guilty to supplying Miller with fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone pills.

A Visit Down Memory Lane

Drug Dealer Mac Miller

Before taking his talents to California the young artist made a name for himself in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born on January 19th, 1992, Mac Miller always expressed interest in music. He taught himself to play a multitude of instruments like the piano, drums, bass and guitar. At the age of fourteen he began rapping after expressing interest in singing. And at just fifteen years old he made the transformative decision to focus on hip-hop.

Formally known as ‘EZ Mac,’ the youthful rapper released his mixtape ‘But My Mackin’ Aain’t Easy’  when he was only 14. He practiced his craft alongside another famous Pittsburgh rapper, Beedie in their group called ‘The Ill Spoken.’ After releasing multiple mixtapes Mac Miller signed on to ‘Rostrom Records’ label at the age of 17. This was only the beginning of his career- him later on completing eight albums, receiving award nominations and starting his own record label.

His most recent album release was ‘Circles’ which came following his death. A year and a half after his passing, the rapper’s beloved family decided to release his final piece of work. The album carries over previous themes he’s written about such as depression, personal growth and pushing through life’s hardships. Miller got vulnerable with what went on in his unsettled mind and was brutally but beautifully honest.

Drugs: “It’s Just Not Worth It”

“Don’t take the risk. It’s just not worth it,” said Mark McCormick, Malcom’s father. In September 2019, a year after Mac’s passing, he broke his silence when the drug dealer was caught. “So they finally caught the motherf–ker that sold him the drugs that killed him. And we find some comfort in that. And many of us were young, including me, experimented with drugs. But it’s a different f–king world out there, and all it takes is a stone – a little tiny stone of fentanyl and cocaine – and you’re dead.”

The last person to see Mac Miller alive was his assistant at about 10:30pm on September 6, 2018. They were also who found him dead the next morning. Paramedics pronounced Miller dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner and Coroner ruled that he died from a “lethal cocktail of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol,” according to Rolling Stone. The indictment shares that Cameron James Petit agreed on September 4th to supply Miller with 10 oxycodone pills called “blues.” Petit also supplied him with cocaine and Xanax. When delivering the drugs to the rapper on September 5th it’s been believed that Petit gave Miller counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl instead.

One of Three Drug Dealers Pleads Guilty

Drug Dealer Mac Miller

Stephen Walter, one of the three men involved in the drug deal that killed Mac Miller has pleaded guilty to his part in supplying the American star with fentanyl, according to BBC. Fentanyl is a potent painkiller that has a reputation of being 50 times more potent than heroin. Millers death was ruled an accidental overdose after him snorting the painkiller and mixing in cocaine and alcohol.

The plea deal filed in Los Angeles states that Walter, 48, did not supply the pills to Miller directly. However, he “knowingly and intentionally” directed a second man to do so. The plea deal wrote that Walter “knew that the pills… contained fentanyl or some other federally controlled substance.” It also reveals that Miller “would not have died from an overdose but for the fentanyl contained in the pills.” Walter and the two other men involved in the drug deal were arrested and charged. Petit, who supplied the pills to Miller has come to a deal with the court which is sealed from our eyes. And, the third defendant Ryan Revis is scheduled to stand trial next year. So what do know about Walter’s plea deal then?

The plea deal puts Walter in prison for 17 years with an additional three years of supervised released, according to the documents seen by BBC. Walter’s lawyer, William S. Harris told Rolling Stone, “The new charge takes out the death allegation. It’s a binding plea agreement for 17 years [in prison]. The judge will either accept it or reject it. If he accepts it, there will be no power to sentence my client to more. If he rejects it, there’s no deal.”

A written statement attached to the plea deal shared words from Walter. It wrote “No-one has threatened or forced me in any way to enter this agreement.” It continued, “I am pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charge and wish to take advantage of the promises set forth in this agreement, and not for any other reason.” If the plea deal is accepted then Walter will avoid a trial that involved more serious charges – fentanyl distribution resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death.