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The Mac Miller Benefit Concert Was As Celebratory As It Was Heartbreaking

john mayer and vince staples on stage with mac miller's mother

screenshot via Mac Miller Twitter

On Halloween night in Los Angeles, thousands of fans and artists flocked to the Greek Theatre to celebrate the life of the late Mac Miller, who tragically passed away in September due to a presumed overdose.

In an effort to raise money for his charity, The Mac Miller Circles Foundation, a massive benefit show was held in Los Angeles that featured performances and appearances from Chance The Rapper, John Mayer, Travis Scott, Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak, Ty Dolla $ign, SZA, Vince Staples, Schoolboy Q, and more.

The show, which was as celebratory as it was heartbreaking, saw some of Mac’s closest friends in the music industry come out to perform in his honor and say a couple of words about their fallen friend and collaborator. My personal highlight in a night full of them was John Mayer covering Small Worlds, a song which he helped him produce:

Small Worlds love you @MacMiller @JohnMayer pic.twitter.com/mVEB8pbq8T

— Flame Princess (@babynessod) November 1, 2018

However, the saddest part of the night came at the end of the show when everyone in attendance — including Mac’s family — was brought on stage during a montage scored by “Best Day Ever” (the first video cuts off, but you can pick up where you left off with the second video):

The ending of @macmiller’s A Celebration of Life was incredible. We miss you Malcolm. pic.twitter.com/TDfojUNbhB

— Mac Miller (@MacMillerSite) November 1, 2018

The end of Mac Miller’s: Celebration Of Life tribute #RipMacMiller 👼🏼 pic.twitter.com/iOmg6sJ6nn

— lills (@LillsAllure) November 1, 2018

The image alone of Vince Staples and John Mayer consoling Mac’s mother shows just how far-reaching Mac’s love and spirit truly was, and how his unique ability to connect all corners of the entertainment industry is something that will be missed.

As someone who grew up listening to Mac Miller, while his death still doesn’t feel real, last night reminded me what a life well-lived looks like.

Rest in peace, Malcolm.

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