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13 September 2018, 12:06 | Updated: 13 September 2018, 14:35
Frankie Grande has paid tribute to Mac Miller in a heartfelt Instagram post, thanking Mac for being the person who helped him get sober and raising awareness of addiction.
Frankie Grande has shared a heartfelt tribute to Mac Miller, saying he's 'heartbroken' over the 26-year-old's death, and thanking him for being the reason he went to rehab and is currently one year sober.
The YouTube star became close to the rapper during sister Ariana Grande's two year relationship and says the star helped him battle his addiction and was first to congratulate him on his sobriety milestones.
He wrote: "He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation centre where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them."
"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."
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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
Frankie is just one of the many celebrities who have spoken about how much of a great friend Mac was to them during his life and highlighting the dangers of drug addiction and mental health issues, such as Charlie Puth, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Halsey to name a few.
Frankie has admitted he turned to alcohol, drugs and medication after the Manchester attack to try and cope with the trauma, but is proudly over one year sober.
thank u my incredible sister. ur strength is what gave me the courage to ask u for help. & u selflessly were there for me the moment i asked, as u were for so many people during that difficult time. i love u. i can’t thank you enough. i could not have done this without u. at all. https://t.co/WOCiOyKuqM— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) June 16, 2018
Mac was pronounced dead at his home in San Fernando Valley in America on the 7th September, 2018 from a suspected drug overdose.