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Charlie Puth feels he “didn’t do enough” to save Mac Miller; public vigil to be held tonight in Pittsburgh

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Jimmy FontaineCharlie Puth is mourning the death of rapper Mac Miller, who died Friday of a suspected overdose.  As Charlie tells E!, he considered Miller a good friend and feels badly that he “didn’t do enough” to help him.

Charlie and Mac became friends through their mutual trainer. “We talked almost every day and I don’t get a lot of friends who come into my life who I hit it off with so quickly,” Charlie tells E!.  “I had known him for about six months, but we became really close, we became really good friends and I always thought I’d be the one to help him get clean and to lead him onto the path of a good, clean, sober life.”

But because of both their schedules, Charlie wasn’t able to see Mac as much as he would have liked, and he now feels he could have done more to keep him from a downward spiral.

“Every time someone close to me passes away I always text their phone and…I just wrote, ‘I love you man,’ and I knew he wasn’t going to write back but I just felt like I had to do it anyway,” an emotional Charlie told E!, adding, “He was one of a kind, there was no one like Mac.”

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park — the playground inside the city’s Frick Park — will serve as the location of a public vigil for Mac Miller starting today at 5 p.m. ET.  The playground inspired the name of Mac’s #1 2011 debut album. 

The event’s Facebook page, hosted by Pittsburgh’s Nightfall Records, describes it as “an evening of celebrating [Mac’s] life, discussing his struggles, and remembering his stories…We are welcoming all artists to come and paint, create, draw, live tribute art for this event.”

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