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Mac Miller, who collaborated with rap royalty, dies at 26

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, died Friday at age 26.

Police and paramedics found Miller unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles and declared him dead shortly before noon, coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said. An autopsy will be required to determine the cause of death. His death was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.

“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans,” Miller’s family said in a statement.

Miller also drew headlines for his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year.

Universal to skip Harry Potter fest to build thrill ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort says it won’t be hosting its annual celebration of all things Harry Potter next year, but don’t worry Muggles.

It’s because the Florida theme park resort is planning a new thrill ride and other experiences at one of the two Harry Potter sections at its parks.

The resort said Friday that the construction of a new thrill ride and other yet-to-be-announced experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in its Islands of Adventure park prevents it from hosting A Celebration of Harry Potter in 2019.

The annual celebration attracts actors from the Harry Potter movies for question-and-answer sessions, lessons on wand dueling and costume contests, among other events.

The resort says it looks forward to hosting future Harry Potter events.

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