UPDATE: According to a medical examiner’s office in Pima County, Arizona, Lil Peep’s cause of death is a drug overdose. However, there will not be an official toxicology report until the results come back, which can take anywhere from six-to-eight weeks.
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RIP Lil Peep
Lil Peep, a young rapper who built a dedicated following on Soundcloud, YouTube, and Instagram, died on Wednesday evening.
He was 21.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but reports say Peep, whose real name was Gustav Åhr, overdosed. Adam Grandmaison, host of the popular No Jumper podcast, tweeted out what happened to Peep:
i’m hearing that @Lilpeep overdosed and is in the hospital.
— adam22 (@adam22) November 16, 2017
Soon after, Peep’s manager, Chase Ortega, posted a cryptic tweet that seemed to confirm the death:
I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck
— Chase (@RealChaseOrtega) November 16, 2017
The sudden death of the rapper comes just months after he released his debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1.
Peep’s rise was years in the making. The Long Island born rapper saw his style evolve from standard rap to an emo, pop hybrid. In 2016 he released his breakout mixtapes Crybaby and Hellboy. His music gathered millions of views on Soundcloud and YouTube. And his fans had a strong emotional connection to his music. (Twitter is flooded with tweets from grieving fans.)
Peep’s music dealt with depression and drug usage. Peep was not shy of his usage of Xanax. In fact, his Instagram contains numerous posts dedicated to the drug, with the last couple of posts being particularly troubling.
After the news came out, some of hip-hop’s most notable artists showed their respect to Peep.
I remember Lil peep telling me he is against the sexual abuse of women and people in the music industry… I will continue to push his vision thank you – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) November 16, 2017
R.I.P. Lil Peep
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 16, 2017
RIP LIL PEEP
— Lil pump (@lilpump) November 16, 2017
Lil peep wtfffffffffff bro I’m sick❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) November 16, 2017
Damn man Rest In Peace lil peep
— Cautionnn’ (@NyckCaution) November 16, 2017
RIP LIL PEEP I SEEN EM LIVE @ SHOW IN BK HE WAS DEF BRINGING BAC EM GREEN DAY LINKIN PARK VIBEZ – 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— YG ADDIE A$AP ANT (@ygAddie) November 16, 2017
in the short time that i knew you, you were a great friend to me and a great person. your music changed the world and it’ll never be the same. i love you bud. forever pic.twitter.com/tpbxpkf4f4
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) November 16, 2017
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man
— diplo (@diplo) November 16, 2017
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) November 16, 2017
iM DiSGUSTED WiTH LiFE MY FRiENDS ARE SAYiNG LiL PEEP DiED i DONT WANT TO BELiEVE it he had such a bright future omg I just saw him we just we freestyling in my hotel and he said we should get matching tattoos so I did he was fearless and unfazed omg I don’t like this idk pic.twitter.com/6RXXOlOWGF
— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) November 16, 2017