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G-Eazy, Halsey, more pay tribute to Mac Miller at Tampa concert

Among those reeling from the news of Mac Miller's death from an apparent drug overdose on Friday: His friend and fellow rapper G-Eazy, who performed hours later at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

"I swear, life is so f—ing fragile," he said during an emotionally charged performance of Everything Will Be OK, as a giant photo of Miller filled the screen behind him. "Appreciate the moment. Be present in it. Tell people you love you care about them."

Earlier in the afternoon, G-Eazy wrote on Instagram that he was "completely devastated and heart broken" over the news.

"Mac you were like a brother to me and were there for me in the hardest of times, especially this summer," he wrote. "I can't believe this is real."

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Miller's death cast a pall over the show, which featured giant images of Miller and tributes from multiple acts on the lineup, which also included Ty Dolla $ign and Lil Uzi Vert.

G-Eazy wrote on Instagram that he "broke down on stage" during his tribute to Miller.

Joining G-Eazy in Tampa was off-again-on-again girlfriend Halsey, who tagged along for a promotional event at Clearwater's Quaker Steak and Lube on Thursday before popping up on stage Friday for a surprise performance of their hit Him & I.

On her Instagram, Halsey wrote her own tribute to Miller, "for being the soundtrack to my high school years" and "for giving me songs I knew every single word to and screamed at the top of my lungs in my first car the year I got my license." She also thanked him "from the bottom of my heart for being such a good friend to Gerald (G-Eazy)."

Miller performed several times in Tampa Bay over the years, including gigs at the State Theatre, Jannus Live and the Ritz Ybor. He was scheduled to headline Orlando's CFE Arena in November.

G-Eazy performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by Carole Liparoto)

G-Eazy got through Friday's concert okay, but he still seemed shaken at the end of the night. After the show, he tweeted that he was cancelling a planned after-party.

"Just doesn't seem appropriate or right," he wrote.

— Jay Cridlin

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