Ariana Grande posts emotional tribute to Mac Miller on late rapper's 27th birthday

Ariana Grande posts emotional tribute to Mac Miller on late rapper's 27th birthday

It's been four months since Mac Miller's death - but the rapper remains alive in his family, friends and fans' hearts.

One person who will never let him be forgotten is Ariana Grande, who took to social media yesterday to share an emotional tribute on what would have been his 27th birthday.

Ariana Grande Mac Miller Instagram Stories Credit: Ariana Grande/Instagram Stories

In a since-deleted tweet, Mac's girlfriend of two years only posted two words - but it was all she really needed to say:

"Miss U".

In addition, the 25-year-old added two pictures of them together in happier times to her Instagram Story, one showing them fooling around on a beach and another of them smiling in the studio.

Ariana Grande Mac Miller Instagram Stories Credit: Ariana Grande/Instagram Stories

Although the singer didn't directly reference her ex-boyfriend in her tweet, fans immediately knew who she was thinking of when she wrote it, with many of them replying with loving messages of support.

One told Ariana "he's very proud of you," while another wrote: "May angels be with you and his family and friends this Saturday while you continue to heal and grieve We love you RIP forever @MacMiller".

Thousands of others also posted their own birthday tributes to Mac, who was found dead by a friend on September 7, 2018, in his Los Angeles home.

On November 5, 2018, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office determined that the Dang! musician died from an accidental drug overdose due to a "mixed drug toxicity" of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine.

He was buried at Homewood Cemetery in his hometown of Pittsburgh in a Jewish funeral and a tribute concert, Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life, was held on October 31, 2018, in his honour in LA.

Proceeds from the gig went to the newly-established Mac Miller Circles Fund, which aims to support youth arts and community-building programs.

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Credit: Getty

Following his tragic death, ex-girlfriend and friend Ariana has been open about how difficult it has been for her, posting several heartfelt messages to him on social media.

A week after the rapper, real name Malcolm McCormick, passed away, the One Last Time songstress wrote about how he was the "kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved".

"i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will," she wrote. "i can't believe you aren't here anymore. i really can't wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times.

"i'm so mad, i'm so sad i don't know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i'm so sorry i couldn't fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you're okay now. rest. [sic]"

Happy birthday, Mac. RIP.