Prosecutors charge man in connection with death of rapper Mac Miller
LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors have charged a Hollywood Hills man in connection with the death of hip-hop artist Mac Miller, who was found dead of a drug overdose nearly a year ago, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.
The 42-page criminal complaint filed in the Central District of California alleges that Cameron James Pettit, 28, allegedly supplied Miller with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. Miller had asked to be furnished with "percs," an abbreviation for Percocet, a prescribed painkiller containing oxycodone.
The criminal complaint detailed Instagram direct messages between Pettit and others reacting to the rapper's death. "I think I should probably not post anything …just to be smart," Petit allegedly said in one of the texts.
Asked in another text message how he was doing, Petit allegedly wrote: “I am not great ... Most likely I will die in jail."
Born in Pittsburgh as Malcolm McCormick, Miller reportedly taught himself how to play piano, bass, guitar, and drums as a young child, before switching to rap in high school.
Miller, who spoke publicly about his struggles with addiction, skyrocketed to fame eight years ago with the debut of his mixtape, "K.I.D.S. (Kickin’ Incredibly Dope S---)," which earned him a contract with Rostrum Records.
In the months leading up to his death, Miller was in the midst of a career resurgence with the debut of his fifth album, "Swimming." He planned to go out on tour in support of the album's release.
He had also been fodder for gossip publications in May 2018 following his high-profile breakup with pop star Ariana Grande.
He was arrested that same month after driving into a utility pole, leaving his vehicle at the scene and then testing over the alcohol limit. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office had charged with DUI and hit and run in connection with that incident.