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Man Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Connection With Mac Miller's Death

Mac Miller died Sept. 7, 2018, from an accidental overdose.
G L Askew II for NPR
Mac Miller died Sept. 7, 2018, from an accidental overdose.

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged a 28-year-old man named Cameron James Pettit in connection with the death of rapper and producer Mac Miller last year.

Pettit's arrest comes almost exactly a year after Miller's death on Sept. 7, 2018. The Los Angeles coroner's report, which was released last November, said that he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

Pettit, who was arrested Wednesday morning in Hollywood Hills, is charged with allegedly supplying Miller with fake oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, as well as allegedly giving him cocaine and Xanax, two days before his death.

Prosecutors called Pettit's arrest part of a larger struggle against opioid abuse. "Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer," said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in a press release. "Drugs laced with cheap and potent fentanyl are increasingly common, and we owe it to the victims and their families to aggressively target the drug dealers that cause these overdose deaths."

The indictment includes one count of distribution of a controlled substance. If convicted, Pettit faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.

The filing was initially reported by multiple news outlets in Los Angeles. According to NBC News, the criminal complaint, which was filed in the Central District of California, includes quotations taken from Pettit's Instagram direct messages after Miller's death. According to prosecutors, Pettit wrote: "I think I should probably not post anything ... just to be smart."

The indictment also says that Pettit "and others" supplied Miller with drugs shortly before his death; however, this indictment only includes Pettit.

Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, talked openly about his struggles with addiction. In the song "Small Worlds," which he performed at his Tiny Desk concert just weeks before his death, he sang: "Nine times out of 10 I get it wrong / That's why I wrote this song, told myself to hold on."

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.

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