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Frankie Grande Credits Mac Miller for Encouraging Him to Go to Rehab

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Frankie Grande, Ariana’s older brother, turned to drugs and alcohol to help him cope with the 2017 Manchester terrorist attack and ultimately decided to check himself into rehab to fight for sobriety. The 35-year-old has been sober for over a year now, but says getting clean would not have been possible without Malcolm James McCormick, better known as Mac Miller.

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The rapper was found dead in his Los Angeles home on September 7 from an apparent drug overdose. Ari has not yet spoken about her ex-boyfriend’s tragic death (she did post a picture of him, however), but Frankie, who was also close to Mac, released a statement on Instagram honoring him earlier today.

The statement begins:

“I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister. He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them.”

The Big Brother alum admits he never would’ve found the rehabilitation center he checked into without the musician and says Mac would always be there to celebrate his sobriety milestones.

“I remember when I would get 30, 60, 90 days clean and Malcom would be there with a gift and a card and words of encouragement… telling me that he knew how hard getting sober is and how impressed he was that I was succeeding,” he continues.

Frankie closes the emotional IG post by telling those also battling addiction that they are NOT alone and that help IS out there. He also thanks Mac for everything he did for him over the past year and acknowledges that he’ll still be looking down on us all.

“Malcom my friend, you will be dearly missed. and I know you will be looking down on me from heaven, proudAF for every day I live my life clean and sober… 453 days and counting… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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