Mac Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on September 7, 2018. He was 26 years old. In an update to this sad story, the man who supplied the rapper with fentanyl-laced pills has pleaded guilty.
According to TMZ, court docs state Stephen Walter, who was 46 at the time of Miller’s death, entered a guilty plea on one count of distribution of fentanyl. An additional charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance has been dropped.
He is facing up to 20 years in prison.
Back in 2019, Walter was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2019 along with Cameron James Pettit, 28, of West Hollywood, and Ryan Michael Reavis, 36, of Lake Havasu, Arizona, for conspiring to distribute the deadly drugs.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner determined the Pittsburgh native had suffered an accidental fatal overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. Investigators believe that the rapper died after snorting the counterfeit pills.
Fentanyl, often mixed into black market supplies of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, fuels the opioid crisis across the nation. "Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer," said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in a 2019 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.”
Other musicians, including Prince, Tom Petty and Lil Peep, have reportedly died from accidental overdoses involving the drug.