Lil Peep, the 21-year-old rapper who was an emerging talent, died November 15 in Tucson, Arizona. First Access Entertainment CEO Sarah Stennett confirmed his death in a statement, saying she spoke to Lil Peep’s mother, who said she’s “very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life,” The New York Times reported.
The Tuscon Police Department said the Lil Peep, whose real name is Gustav Ahr, was pronounced dead on his tour bus at around 9 p.m. He was scheduled to perform at a show in the Tuscon area. An official cause of death hasn’t been determined yet, but investigators found evidence that suggests he died of an overdose of Xanax.
On his Instagram account, Lil Peep posted various things about taking pills such as the anti-anxiety medication and percocet. In a video post November 14, he said: “El Paso, I took six Xanax and I was lit. I’m good, I’m not sick. Imma see ya’ll tonight.”
Lil Peep had many tattoos on his body and face, including one that said: “Die Young” on his upper right forehead. He was recently romantically linked to social media star Arzaylea Rodriguez. The two posted a few photos together on their social media profiles prior to his death.
Here’s what you need to know about Rodriguez and Lil Peep:
1. Rodriguez Wrote a Heartfelt Tribute on Instagram
Following the news of her boyfriend’s death, Rodriguez posted a text message thread between the two to her Instagram page.
“I love you a lot more than you think I do and I can’t wait for you to be all mine and imma pamper you,” she texted him. “I want you to be happy and I’m going to help you get there. I am genuinely, truly, yours.”
Lil Peep responded: “Well I love u too bitch I’m tryna run the world let’s get it.”
Rodriguez accompanied the text thread with a heartfelt message to her boyfriend: “i can’t believe i’m writing this. you’re in my heart. i’m always yours. i don’t have words to express what you’ve done for me in such little time. i love you so much. you live forever in me. i don’t know how to do any of this without you now… i love you so much i want to wake up from this nightmare”
Rodriguez also wrote messages on her Twitter directed at Lil Peep.
2. Rodriguez Previously Dated the Lead Singer of an Australian Band
Rodriguez was previously in a relationship with the lead singer of the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer, Luke Hemmings. The two dated for a while but broke up earlier this year in May.
According to The Daily Mail, Rodriguez met Hemmings at a 2015 party thrown by Kylie Jenner for her sister Kendall’s 18th birthday party.
Their relationship was private for some time until Rodriguez posted a photo of the two in October 2015. Their relationship appeared to take a turn for the worse, though, when Hemmings didn’t invite her to the American Music Awards, where he was playing with his band.
“You won’t bring me there so I’ll take myself there,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “Clearly. independent ass b**ch.”
Hemmings spoke about their relationship to Rolling Stone in December 2015, saying “it’s hard.”
“One of the weird things is you want it to be a secret, but you don’t want it to be a secret,” he told the magazine about their relationship.
Rodriguez frequently spoke on social media about the hate she received from fans of the band, who accused her of leading Hemmings down the wrong path.
Earlier this year, Rodriguez and Hemmings unfollowed each other on their social media accounts, leading to speculation they broke up. But things didn’t end there, as the two went back and forth in messages on social media.
“2fast4u @ashtonirwin,” Hemmings tweeted.
“Yeah you always did finish fast,” Rodriguez responded to the post.
Rodriguez claimed Hemmings cheated on her, causing their breakup.
3. Boxer Manny Pacquiao Made Headlines When He Commented on 1 of Rodriguez’s Videos
Controversy erupted in the Philippines back in September when professional boxer Manny Pacquiao chatted up Rodriguez in a live Instagram video. Pacquiao asked Rodriguez during her live broadcast: “Where are you from?”
Pacquiao defended himself for the question, saying that Rodriguez was the one who started the conversation between the two. He denied that he intended any malice with the comment. But Rodriguez denied the claim, saying: “I definitely didn’t engage in conversation with him first.”
4. Rodriguez’s Father Has Been Involved in the Music Industry
Several social media posts indicate that Rodriguez’s father has been involved in the music industry for some time. He reportedly owns the company Tunes Headphones, which makes a brand of high-definition headphones that offer a speaker design and dual-driver acoustics.
Rodriguez said in a 2015 tweet that her father has been involved in the music industry since she was about 8-years old, which opened the door to many of her connections. Musical artist Tyga is endorsed by the headphone company, which is how Rodriguez received an invitation to the 2015 Kardashian birthday party, where she first met Hemmings.
“I know people because my father is in the music industry, not because I dated band guys,” she wrote in an answer to her Ask.fm account when asked how she knows musicians. “So I don’t really know what I’m ‘known’ for lol. I just have cool friends.”
In another answer, she said that she previously worked as a “personal assistant” in Los Angeles but is based in Texas. She’s originally from Austin, Texas, but travels back to L.A. frequently.
5. Rodriguez Has Several Notable Tattoos
Rodriguez is a model and posts numerous photos from shoots on her Instagram account to her nearly 500,000 followers. According to StealHerStyle.net, Rodriguez has at least five “known” tattoos. She reportedly gets tattooed by an artist named Romeo Lacoste of California Dream Tattoo and has the number “13” inked in black and red inside of a heart and crossbones on her left forearm.
Rodriguez also has the word “strength” tattooed on her left shoulder/collarbone area in addition to the word “always” written in cursive on her left wrist. She said in an Instagram post that the tattoo is inspired by the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter means so much to me. It molded my childhood, my adulthood and expanded my imagination. I miss you Alan. So much. You will always be my Snape.
She also has the date January 3, 2014 tattooed in Roman numerals on her left forearm and small dots on her left knuckles.
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