Mac Miller’s Drug Dealer Has Been Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison

Rapper Mac Miller‘s sudden death in 2018 shocked countless people and marked a loss for the hip-hop world. The Pittsburgh-bred emcee died of an accidental drug overdose, and now, the dealer who sold him the drugs is facing over a decade in prison.

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Mac Miller died of a drug overdose

Prior to his death, Mac Miller was known for hit songs like “Frick Park Market” and his Ariana Grande collab “The Way.” When he died in 2018, he left behind a mourning family and millions of mourning fans.

Miller’s mom, Karen Meyers, released a statement to the court in 2022 that expressed just how much the loss has meant to her. “My life went dark the moment Malcolm left his world,” the statement read, according to Rolling Stone. “Malcolm was my person, more than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and special and irreplaceable. We spoke nearly every day about everything — his life, plans, music, dreams.

Meyers said that her son, whose birth name was Malcolm, had a laugh that was “infectious and bright.” Their love for each other was “unparalleled,” and she affirmed that her son’s music and voice “spoke to many people all over the world.”

“He would never knowingly take a pill with fentanyl, ever,” she said firmly. “He wanted to live and was excited about the future. The hole in my heart will always be there.”

Mac Miller’s drug dealer was sentenced to over 10 years in prison

Miller died in September 2018, and a year later in September 2019, three men were arrested during an investigation into his death. Miller was sold counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl two days before his death, which were supplied by Ryan Reavis. Reavis and two other men were indicted on charges of conspiracy and distribution of drugs resulting in death.

In April 2022, Reavis was sentenced to 131 months in prison for his role in Miller’s death. Reavis previously requested a five-year sentence as he claimed that he was only a middleman in the transaction and that he didn’t know the pills were laced. Before he was sentenced, Reavis told the court he didn’t know the pills that he sold the pills that caused Miller’s death until he was arrested in Arizona a year later in September 2019.

“This is not just a regular drug case. Somebody died, and a family is never going to get their son back,” he told the court. “My family would be wrecked if it was me. They’d never be all right, never truly get over it. I think about that all the time. And I know that whatever happens today, I’m the lucky one because my family is here and I’m here and I’ll be with them again.”

“I feel terrible. This is not who I am,” he continued. “My perspective has changed. My heart has changed.”

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Mac Miller’s life after his death

Miller’s spirit has continued to live on after his death. In January 2020, his estate released Circles, a posthumous album containing material he recorded before his death.

Miller’s ex Ariana Grande famously shouted him out in her hit 2018 single “thank u, next.” “Wish I could say ‘thank you’ to Malcolm, ’cause he was an angel,” she sang.

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