Mac Miller's Friend Says Ariana Grande Was "Incredible" About Supporting His Sobriety

See what the late rapper's pal Shane Powers had to say about the "God Is a Woman" singer on his podcast

By Jess Cohen Sep 11, 2018 8:46 PMTags
Watch: Mac Miller's Friend Praises Ariana Grande's Support

Mac Miller's friend Shane Powers is speaking out about the death of the 26-year-old rapper.

E! News learned on Friday that Miller (née Malcolm McCormick) passed away after an apparent overdose. The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed in a statement that authorities were called to the artist's home in Studio City, Calif. on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m.

The following dad, Miller's ex Ariana Grande took to Instagram to mourn his death. The 25-year-old "God Is a Woman" singer posted a black-and-white photo of Miller, who she dated for about two years, sitting on the ground looking up at the camera.

On Monday, Powers addressed the death of his friend on The Shane Show podcast. 

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Watch: Ariana Grande Mourns Mac Miller's Death With Touching Photo

"He had a lot of good stuff going on," Powers said on the podcast episode. "Ariana and him were together and they were very much in love, and I have to say, she was incredible when he was first sobering up. She was a f--king G to him. There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana."

"I saw that, I was around it, I took phone calls from her, 'How do I help? What do I do?' This little girl was unbelievably involved and helpful to him being healthy," Powers said of Grande. "Because whether he's an addict or not, the way that Mac partied was not healthy."

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Powers later added, "There was no one in his life more ready to go to the wall for him when it came to him being sober. And she was an unbelievably stabilizing force in his life, and she was deeply helpful and effective in keeping Mac sober and helping him get sober. And she was all about him being healthy, period, in this area of his life."

Miller and Grande, who collaborated on the 2013 song "The Way" together, went public with their romance in the summer of 2016. In May 2018, E! News learned that Miller and Grande had split after about two years together.