Mac Miller’s family is one step closer to securing justice for his death.
California federal prosecutors have indicted three men they believe provided rapper and producer Mac Miller with laced drugs that caused his fatal 2018 overdose. The three individuals have been identified as 46-year-old Stephen Andrew Walter, 36-year-old Ryan Michael Reavis, and 28-year-old Cameron James Pettit. The charges being brought against these men include distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and conspiring to distribute controlled substances that resulted in death.
Law enforcement sources say, Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, believed he was purchasing authentic oxycodone and was unaware of the fentanyl he ingested. The rapper was found dead on September 7th, 2018, in his home in Los Angeles. The autopsy revealed the rapper’s death was the result of an overdose after finding large amounts of cocaine, fentanyl, and alcohol in his system. Although Mac Miller was already playing a dangerous game with his problematic drug use, the counterfeit oxycodone he purchased has been known to be exponentially more deadly than the genuine pharmaceutical.
US Attorney Nick Hanna provided a statement last month in which he addressed the government’s efforts to find and incarcerate dealers distributing this dangerous counterfeit drug. It appears Miller was purchasing drugs from Pettit for several months before his death.
Mac Miller began his career in 2007 at the age of fifteen and was soon seeing major success while independently distributing his music. He went on to sign a record deal with Warner Bros in 2014, as well as continue to produce for himself and others under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman.
Miller publicly struggled with substance abuse and depression and often indicated that he didn’t know if he would survive his heavy drug use. The three men who supplied Mac Miller with the counterfeit drugs that led to his death could face life in prison if found guilty.