Two More Men Arrested In Mac Miller Death Investigation

By Lindsey Weedston 09/30/19

The third man stands accused of supplying the pills suspected to have caused Mac Miller's fatal overdose.

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Ryan Reavis arrested in connection to the death of rapper Mac Miller Source: Lake Havasu City Police Department

Arizona police have arrested and charged Ryan Reavis and Stephen “Stevie” Walter in connection to the death of rapper Mac Miller, who died of an unintentional overdose a little over a year ago.

Officers who searched Reavis’ home reportedly found a physician’s prescription pad, prescription pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, plus firearms, ammunition, and a homemade firearm suppressor.

The search was reportedly part of an investigation into the death of Mac Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick. According to Havasu News, police issued a number of charges against Reavis, but none of them appear to be connected directly to the overdose death. He is currently being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond. 

Arrests Follow That of Co-Conspirator

Stephen Walter was charged with conspiracy and attempt to distribute a controlled substance and is being held without bond. According to Rolling Stone, the criminal complaint against him alleges that Walter provided the counterfeit pills to Cameron James Pettit, who sold them to McCormick days before he died.

Cameron James Pettit, 28, was arrested in relation to Mac Miller’s death earlier this month. The Hollywood Hills man is accused of providing McCormick with counterfeit oxycodone pills that were laced with the highly potent opioid, fentanyl.

This drug has been responsible for many of the overdose deaths that have fueled the opioid crisis in recent years.

According to NBC, Pettit responded to a friend’s text asking how he was doing soon after McCormick’s overdose by saying “I am not great … Most likely I will die in jail.”

Transcripts of texts messages obtained by police also allegedly show that Pettit asked Walter for “10 blues” (Percocet). Reavis may have been the “runner” who delivered the drugs from Walter to Pettit, and texts reportedly also show Reavis and Pettit arranging a time and place to meet.

Deadly Combo Of Cocaine, Alcohol & Fentanyl

McCormick was pronounced dead in his home in Studio City on September 7, 2018 after being found unresponsive by his personal assistant following the overdose. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office found that he died of mixed drug toxicity involving cocaine, alcohol, and fentanyl.

The rapper had been struggling with addiction for years and expressed his desire to be sober in the 2016 documentary Stopped Making Excuses.

“I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess that can’t even get out of his house,” he said. “Overdosing is just not cool. There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdosed. You just die.”

McCormick did achieve sobriety for a time in the second half of 2016, but it was speculated that he had relapsed by 2017 when he told W Magazine that “I’ve spent a good time very sober and now I’m just, like, living regularly.”

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at NotSorryFeminism.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyWeedston