'He was wonderful for my sister': Ariana Grande's heartbroken brother remembers Mac Miller
Ariana's brother, Frankie Grande, said the late rapper had been a pillar of strength for him as he battled his own demon of substance abuse
Ariana Grande's brother shared an emotional tribute to honor her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Thirty five-year-old Frankie Grande took to social media to post a heartfelt tribute to the late rapper who passed away due to an apparent overdose on September 7.
Frankie posted the tribute on Miller's Instagram and wrote, "I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister". Mac Miller and Ariana Grande had dated for around two years before they split up earlier this year. Frankie has also struggled with substance abuse just as Mac had. He shared how the rapper would always encourage and advise him to get sober.
Frankie shared, "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."
Earlier in June, Frankie revealed to People that he had successfully been sober for a year and gave Miller credit for helping him find the right way. "I remember when I would get 30, 60, 90 days clean and Malcolm 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," he continued in his Instagram tribute.
"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," he added.
"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…" Frankie continued.
"Malcolm my friend, you will be dearly missed. and I know you will be looking down on me from heaven, proud AF for every day I live my life clean and sober… 453 days and counting…” Frankie concluded, in addition to sharing hotlines for Alcoholics Anonymous(212-870-3400), Narcotics Anonymous (818-773-9999) and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-9255)" he concluded.
According to PEOPLE, and insider shared her Ariana is "distraught" after the death of her former boyfriend. "She completely broke down after she found out about Mac. She can’t believe he isn’t here anymore. He was such a special person to her. She is very, very sad. … This is a nightmare for her".