\u00a0Mac Miller, a rapper from Pittsburgh whose debut album topped the charts in 2011 after his upbeat style gained a following online and who previously dated singer Ariana Grande, died on Friday in Los Angeles at age 26, officials said.\r\nHe was found unresponsive at his home in the Studio City neighborhood and pronounced dead there, the Los Angeles County Coroner\u2019s Office said in a statement.\r\nCelebrity website TMZ reported that Miller died of an apparent drug overdose. Reuters could not confirm that. Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, had discussed his use of drugs, particularly the misuse of prescription cough syrup, in media interviews and rap lyrics.\r\nThe coroner\u2019s office did not release the cause of death, saying an autopsy was pending.\r\nMiller\u2019s family in a statement confirmed the death and called him \u201ca bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans.\u201d\r\nPARTY-STYLE SONGS\r\n\u00a0\r\nMiller first gained a following at age 18 with his mixtape \u201cK.I.D.S.\u201d in 2010, and early in his career was known for party-style songs with videos that went viral.\r\nAfter his 2011 debut \u201cBlue Side Park\u201d was released by an independent label and topped the charts, Miller turned to jazz and funk influences on later albums. Those releases often received praise from critics, but did not perform as well commercially as his first album.\r\nThe rapper, whose most popular songs included \u201cLoud,\u201d \u201cSmile Back\u201d and a collaboration with Grande called \u201cThe Way,\u201d released his latest album \u201cSwimming\u201d this summer. It hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 list of top albums.\r\nRapper Wiz Khalifa, who like Miller grew up in Pittsburgh and was close to him, tweeted on Friday: \u201cPraying for Mac\u2019s family and that he rest easy.\u201d\r\nMiller and Grande broke up earlier this year, after dating for two years, according to media reports.\r\nIn May, Miller was arrested in Los Angeles in connection with a car crash and was later charged with driving under the influence.\r\nGrande, after a Twitter user appeared to blame her for the break-up, wrote on the social media platform in May that the relationship was \u201ctoxic\u201d and she had \u201ccared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years.\u201d\r\n\u00a0\r\nMiller was scheduled to launch a U.S. tour next month, and had tweeted about it on Thursday. \u201cI wish it started tomorrow,\u201d he wrote.