Mac Miller's drug dealer has been sentenced to 11 years following the rapper's death

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One of the three drug dealers accused of playing a part in the death of rapper Mac Miller (real name Malcolm McCormick), who passed away aged 26 in 2018, has been sentenced to almost 11 years in prison.

During the trial, Mac's mother, Karen Meyers, shared a heartbreaking statement with the court about how the passing of her son has impacted on her life and how she believes he would never knowingly take drugs laced with fentanyl [Mac's cause of death was later recorded as a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol].

"My life went dark the moment Malcolm left his world. Malcolm was my person, more than a son. We had a bond and kinship that was deep and special and irreplaceable," she told the court, as reported by Rolling Stone. "We spoke nearly every day about everything – his life, plans, music, dreams."

Karen described Mac as "infectious and bright" and said the love they shared for one another was "unparalleled".

She added, "He would never knowingly take a pill with fentanyl, ever. He wanted to live and was excited about the future. The hole in my heart will always be there."

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Photo credit: Scott Dudelson - Getty Images

Dealer Ryan Michael Reavis, aged 39, told the LA court that he was the 'middle man' who was unaware that the oxycodone pills he provided to a fellow dealer, which were then sold on to Mac, had been laced with fentanyl. However, the court also heard text messages sent from Reavis' phone indicating he was aware that fentanyl-laced drugs were in circulation and causing deaths.

Reavis pleaded for five years in custody, but was sentenced to 10 years and 11 months. He claimed to have not known the pills he'd distributed were the cause of Mac's death until he was arrested in September 2019. He was also found in possession of multiple firearms at the time of his arrest.

Speaking to the court, Reavis said the experience had changed him as a person. "This is not just a regular drug case. Somebody died, and a family is never going to get their son back. My family would be wrecked if it was me. They'd never be all right, never truly get over it.

"I know that whatever happens today, I'm the lucky one because my family is here and I'm here and I'll be with them again. I feel terrible. This is not who I am. My perspective has changed. My heart has changed."

Before his death Mac collaborated with many notable names in music such as ex-partner Ariana Grande, Tyler The Creator, ScHoolboy Q and Vince Staples.

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