Thousands of fans came out to hold vigil for Mac Miller in the park that inspired his debut album Blue Slide Park.
The event took place on Tuesday (Sept. 11) and was organized by Nightfall Records, a local label. “Mac deserves to be sent off with an evening of celebrating his life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories; most importantly for his iconic work that brought joy into the lives of everybody who listened,” the label said.
The famous blue slide in the park even got a fresh coat of paint courtesy of the Pittsburgh Public Works.
— Gabriella DeLuca (@GabriellaDeLuca) September 11, 2018
The park is officially named Frick Park, but a petition has been created to rename the park in honor of Miller. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto spoke about the potential name change.
“There are strict rules on naming of public assets within the city now. I believe it’s three years after someone has passed that you can then name something after them,” he said on Monday (Sept. 10). “This was basically done in order to not have politicians naming things after themselves while they’re still in office.”
The 26-year-old Pittsburgh native was found dead in his San Fernando Valley, Calif. home on Sept. 7 from an apparent overdose.
— Pittsburgh City Paper (@PGHCityPaper) September 11, 2018
Even more people packing into #BlueSlidePark as nightfall hits and candlelit vigil portion of the memorial begins — people clinging to jungle gyms, sitting in stress and along the Blue Slide that Mac Miller made famous #MacMillerRIP #BlueSlidePark pic.twitter.com/JFLlrGTD5S
— Natasha Lindstrom (@NewsNatasha) September 12, 2018