In a recent candid Instagram post by John Mayer, the singer shared with fans why he recently turned down a tribute for Mac Miller. Mayer also touched upon the fact that he didn’t get the chance to know Miller as well as he would have liked. Posting a photo of Miller to his timeline, Mayer went into detail in the caption:
“Several weeks ago, I was sent an email asking if I wanted to take part in a Mac Miller tribute for a magazine as part of an end-of-year recap. I passed on it, not because I didn’t want to talk more about him, but because I couldn’t; I had shared all the memories I had of him in the brief time of our getting to know one another.
I replied to the email and sat in silence for a few minutes. That day, I discovered a new dimension to the sadness of his passing – I wasn’t upset because I knew him well. I was upset because I didn’t. I wish I had more to tell you about Mac Miller. What I do have to remember him by are a couple of beautiful mental photographs that I’ll keep with me the rest of my life.”
Miller died at age 26 from an accidental drug overdose. His final album, Swimming has received a posthumous 2019 GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album. In case you’ve missed it, watch John Mayer’s live cover of Mac Miller’s “Small Worlds.”